Archbishop Pierro Marini, former Master of Ceremonies for Pope John Paul II and the early pontificate of Benedict XVI is nostalgic for the "spirit of the Second Vatican Council!" He says that the Council was just the beginning but that it was not a template to be frozen in time but a catalyst to future reforms of the Liturgy and ultimately of the Church and by way of jumping to conclusions, of dogma and doctrine.
His nostalgia is what precisely causes so many to feel as though they will upchuck their recently eaten breakfast. Dear God, what in the world is he nostalgic for in terms of future reforms of the Mass in the sphere of the "spirit of Vatican II?"
I know precisely what that means from my experience of the "spirit of Vatican II" in the seminary between 1976 and 1980 as well as the early years of my priesthood. The nostalgia of going back to that is like the nostalgia some have for rotary phones, party line and houses without microwave ovens!
The reform and interpretation of the Second Vatican Council which Pope Benedict promoted speaks of continuity in reform but does not throw out reform with the bathwater.
I think what we have seen with the approval of the new Anglican Ordinariate's revised Mass of the Roman Missal speaks well of this reform in continuity and may well speak of future reforms or options for the normative Latin Rite. This is from Pope Francis who must have given approval of it by the nod of the head since it was approved under his pontificate.
I'm speaking of the Anglican Ordinariate having an English Mass using old English and parts of the Anglican tradition for the Mass, but more importantly I am speaking of the Tridentine aspects allowed in the appendix of their missal that allows for the options of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, the traditional Offertory Prayers and the Last Gospel and more specific rubrics similar to the Tridentine Mass for the Roman Canon and Masses celebrated ad orientem and kneeling for Holy Communion!
The Anglican Ordinariate's "spirit of Vatican II" I think is the wave of the future, but those nostalgic for the 1960's version of the spirit of Vatican II only want to go backwards and not walk forwards.
Pope Benedict brought us forward with a recovery of common sense, proper tradition and Tradition and a keen intellect about the true teachings of Vatican II which in no way did he ever repudiate.
Archbishop Marini's vision of the spirit of Vatican II leaves much to be desired and has the odor of a swamp with rancid water. We cannot go back into that seward