When there is a change in anything, from New Coke to new model year cars, it invites comparisons and disagreements about which is better, the old or the new. As far as New Coke was concerned, clearly the older Coke was superior. In fact, in the early 80's when Coke made their disastrous decision to change the formula of Coke, many secular commentators compared it to the changes in the Mass after Vatican II! It was not a kind comparison but a negative one. I kid you not!
But, seriously, how do we praise both forms of the Mass without denigrating either of them? It seems to me that the hermenuetic used to chorale Catholics into buying into the New Mass after Vatican II was a negative comparison with the old, the new was better, the old was rotten. This alienated many people and it still does. But, to be fair, those who call the New Mass rotten alienate many Catholics who love this Mass and are properly formed, orthodox Catholics!
In my question, though, I am not speaking about the liturgical abuses that were and are in abundance in terms of decisions made after Pope Paul VI issued the New Mass. That is a different question altogether and we have to acknowledge that the pope and bishops in union with him relinquished liturgical authority to modern liturgists and architects who had an agenda concerning the New Mass not envisioned by the Roman Missal.
And I am not speaking of liturgical abuses in the Ancient Mass. Keep in mind that "ex opere operato" developed in the Church as it concerns horrible abuses of the Tridentine Mass.
Thus, let's look at the Missals as they are and what would be considered good about both without denigrating either.
Here are some of my examples of trying to do this:
1. The Ancient Roman Missal is tried and true and gives wonderful directives to keep the Liturgy stable, vertical and valid.
2. The Modern Roman Missal allows for a great deal of flexibility and options to keep the laity and the priests engaged in prayer and on their toes so as not to become complacent in routine.
3. The Latin Mass is universal and because it is a dead language, is neutral in not using any one living language thus uniting Catholics of the Latin Rite in a single language Mass.
4. The vernacular Mass helps the priest and laity to understand all that is being prayed and spoken without the use of personal liturgical translations.
5. The New Mass in its noble simplicity shows forth the essence of the Mass and that it is both the renewal in a glorified way and unbloody way of the One Sacrifice of Christ followed by the Sacrificial Banquet or Meal.
6. the Ancient Mass shows forth the one Sacrifice of Christ in a splendid and vertically glorified way.
And your comments I await.....