Peter Kwasniewski muses that Pope Francis “may” (no one knows for sure what His Holiness plans, if anything) do the following to the EF Mass:
...Current practice would be to frame the changes not as generally binding prescriptions, but—under the pretext of decentralization and strengthening episcopal authority—as “extended possibilities,” or “options,” whose implementation would be left wholly or partly to the discretion of the local bishops. It is expected as certain that local ordinaries will be given full authority as to whether and when, and in what form, diocesan clergy may celebrate in the traditional rite. But priests of the old-rite communities could also be subjected to diocesan regulations for celebrating in churches of the diocese. In this context, it could come about that the previously valid prohibition of “mixed forms” would be relativized, so that, if necessary, readings according to the new lectionary and calendar, female altar servers, extraordinary ministers of communion, and other achievements of the Novus Ordo could be expected...
Of course Dr. Kwasniewski is fearful about the rumors and rumors of rumors about a crackdown on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. He is alarmed as are many in the diverse EF community.
But what I quote above, which Dr. Kwasniewski wrote, is basically what I have been calling for since Summorum Pontificum in continuity with Pope Benedict’s written vision, that the celebration of both forms of the Mass would influence each other in an organic way, thus bringing both closer to each other in an organic development.
Thus, is Pope Francis actually carrying out what Pope Benedict envisioned, that eventually there would be an “in continuity” Roman Missal that combines the best of both, in His Holiness’ view?