The Extraordinary Rite(As you read this, keep in mind this first paragraph is a supposed question to Pope Francis. But in fact it is a diatribe showing a profound prejudice in order to bait Pope Francis and provoke a controversial response! But Pope Francis response isn't controversial nor does he take the bait!):
Father Spadaro: "The simplicity of children evokes, with adults, a direct rite, in which everyone participates, it evokes to me parochial masses in which one experiences such piety. It comes to mind proposals to push the priests to turn their backs on the faithful, to rethink Vatican II, to use Latin. And this not only for small groups but for all."
Pope's reply: "Pope Benedict XVI made a just and magnanimous gesture to meet a certain mentality present in certain groups and among people who, nostalgic, have moved away. But that is an exception. This is why we speak of "extraordinary" rites. The ordinary mass is not that. One must go to meet those who are linked to a certain way of praying, one must be magnanimous. But the ordinary is not that. Vatican II and Sacrosanctum Consilium must be applied as is. Talking about the "reform of the reform" is a mistake. "
My comments: Pope Francis remarks about Pope Benedict are spot on. Pope Benedict made clear that the Extraordinary Form is precisely that, extraordinary, out of the ordinary, but clearly allowed and dependent upon the local pastor to determine freely when it can be celebrated for a stable group, extraordinary group, who request it. Nothing new here. Pope Francis is in continuity with Pope Benedict!
The Ordinary Form is precisely that, ordinary, regular and the normal Mass of a parish which could have a small or large a minority who desire the extraordinary form, which they should not be deprived.
Keep in mind that Pope Francis has not suppressed Summorum Pontificum one bit and the extraordinary form of the Mass continues and in new places such as St. Patrick Cathedral in New York.
More problematic is Pope Francis' comments on the "reform of the reform." But this is interpreted by Pope Francis from the statement of Fr. Spadaro which is a statement to bait the Pope: Spadaro says, "It comes to mind proposals to push the priests to turn their backs on the faithful, to rethink Vatican II, to use Latin. And this not only for small groups but for all!"
Thus Pope Francis is using "reform of the reform" in the context of the bait of Fr. Spadaro, meaning that we go back exclusively to the Extraordinary Form, not just for a small group or for the SSPX, but for everyone.
That is not what "reform of the reform" means as Pope Benedict may have used it. And in fact Pope Benedict did not use it but rather the term "Reform in Continuity." This means doing exactly what Pope Francis says in the same paragraph:
"Sacrosanctum Consilium must be applied as is!
Most of us who desire "reform in continuity" do not want to go back to the Extraordinary Form completely! We want Sacrosanctum Concilium applied as is! This is what "reform in continuity" means, not turning the clock back before Vatican II or ignoring Sacrosanctum Consilium.
Finally, Pope Francis says nothing about the baited statement of the priest turning his back on the people as Spadaro states it in his prejudicial opening baited question!
Pope Francis has celebrated Mass with his back to the people many times and he is going to make the SSPX a personal prelature! He approved the Ordinariate's Missal which is very much more in line with applying Sacrosanctum Concilium as is! It allows explicitly for ad orientem!
So we really have nothing new here just more confusion caused by Spadaro and it appears intentionally!