The Traditional Mass cannot be stage-managed. This is the heart of the opposition to it among bishops, especially in Europe. It is Tradition itself that manages the Mass of the Ages, and whoever celebrates this Mass, Cardinal, bishop or priest, must submit himself to the Mass, must submit himself to the Sacrifice that he is offering, and in that submission realizes his ministry as a priest of God.
--Fr. Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil
When we revisit the horrible expressions of the Mass revised after Vatican II that in no way even resemble what the 1970 Roman Missal envisioned, we have become so accustomed to the clericalism of bishops, priests and lay committees, to include liturgists, choir directors and others with no liturgical expertise, that we don't become outraged by their ideological, silly and abusive implementation of their liturgical peccadilloes.
Someone in a high place stated that all abuse in the Church, sexual and otherwise (clerical) can be seen symbolically in how the Mass is celebrated in aberrant forms such as the puppet Masses and whatever it is that is celebrated in the rich Church of Germany which I linked in the previous post.
While I love the Ancient Use of the Mass and willingly celebrate it according to the norms that Pope Benedict established, I realize that the older use Mass cannot become the Ordinary Form of the Mass ever again. It would cause a schism in the Church not so much like a formal schism but like one where even fewer Catholics attend Mass than they already do.
What needs to be continued, which I fear is on hiatus for the short-term, is the genius of Pope Benedict when it comes to the Liturgy and the trajectory that His Holiness established.
First, if more priests celebrated the EF Mass regularly and as it should be, it would influence them to celebrate the OF Mass more reverently and by its rubrics and words without manipulation as so many are prone to do. Recently I filled in for a priest who was away in a far off suburban parish. His Roman Missal had words and word orders struck out and new ones penciled in. His poor congregation has to put up with his liturgical abuse because he doesn't like the current glorious translation of the Mass and thinks his is better. Does anyone care? No! The death of outrage!
Secondly, Pope Benedict envisioned the EF Mass exerting influence on the Ordinary Form. This is a no-brainer! We don't need to throw out the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal. What we need is an evolution of it into the 4th Edition with an EF Order to it similar to what the Anglican Ordinariate has for their soon-to-be published Roman Missal with a Roman Calendar that has EF sensibilities to it!
We could even live with for a few decades two orders to the 4th Edition of the Roman Missal, a Form A and a Form B.
Form A would be what the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal already has and is.
Form B would be this very same missal with the EF's Order of Mass in the Vernacular with all of the EF's Rubrics and General Instructions. This means that all the prayers and prefaces as we have them in our 3rd Edition Roman Missal remain. The only difference would be the elimination of the additional Eucharistic Prayers and the exclusive use of the Roman Canon.
The Lectionary for Form B could be revised to explicitly include the Gradual/tract in place of the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. The option of these readings from the altar would be allowed but the OF's manner of proclaiming the Scriptures would be as is, from the ambo or even an Epistle Ambo and and a Gospel ambo.
Finally, no matter which form of the Mass is used, bishops should make sure these are celebrated as written and priests should be called-out for their liturgical clericalism and the manner in which they foist on congregations their liturgical abuse and in public ways.
Apart from this, a worldwide call to sing the propers of the Mass in some form of chant, be it Latin or vernacular must be mandated. The use of hymns chosen by priests or choir directors must be closely monitored but allowed in addition to the mandated propers. This already happens at papal Masses in the Vatican. A processional hymn of some kind is sung for the procession but as the Pope approaches the altar to venerate and incense it, the Schola chants the official Introit. This is a marvelous solution. As well the official chants for the Offertory and Communion should never be replaced by some other choice of whimsical quality, but additional anthems of good doctrinal and liturgical quality could be used.