Rita Ferrone of Praytell has a commentary on Pope Francis’ vision for the liturgy which indeed is rooted not only in post-Vatican II sensibilities but also in the era just prior to the Second Vatican Council.
You can read her take on Pope Francis as a liturgical pope by pressing the title below:
My comments: I believe that full, conscious and active participation was being promoted before the Second Vatican Council along with the connection between Mass and one’s daily life and the parish’s/Church’s daily life collectively. Actual participation was demanded in the pre-Vatican II Church-you were obligated under the penalty of mortal sin to be at Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Actual participation by being physically present was demanded!
I remember in the late 1950’s being given my St. Joseph Missal to bring to Mass with me which translated the Latin into English. While we weren’t asked to participate in the Latin, as I recall, i could be wrong, we were encouraged to follow the Mass.
In Augusta in the early 60’s an Italian friend of my mom who attended our parish, and who spoke no English, would recite the Roman Canon in Latin as the priest was praying it. In our small church we could hear him although he spoke in a low voice and without a microphone. We could hear our Italian friend too!
Where I disagree with Rita and controlling liturgists is that there has to be room for people at Mass who prefer to zone out, pray the rosary or do something else. We must be inclusive of them and not marginalize them. We must not marginalize young people who prefer the older liturgy, its history, ceremony, complicated rubrics and Latin. Controlling post-Vatican II liturgists have pushed these kinds of people out of parishes and have participated in making them “nones”! They want to do it again today.
I can remember feeling judged and humiliated by post-Vatican II liturgical police who were priests too. I saw one priest shove a hymnal in a parishioner’s hand to make him sing the processional hymn! I have seen priests refuse Holy Communion to those who wanted to kneel and refused to say “amen”! I have seen priests force Communion into someone’s hand who wanted to receive on the tongue and I have seen priests force parishioners to receive on the tongue rather than the hand.
What I like about the EF Mass is that the priest does not become a liturgical terrorist concerning the laity gathered behind him and facing the same direction. He knows not what is going on behind him. For all he knows people might be sticking their tongues out at him, watching their social media (which is a problem today in the post-Vatican II Mass) or doing something altogether immoral like copulating in the aisles.
Of course, what I just wrote is nonsense. But prior to Vatican II and afterwards, people come late for Mass and leave early. They might be fully engaged in the Mass or maybe not.
And their lives and the life of the parish might be very Catholic or lukewarm or alien to what it means to be a Catholic, but today, if they are Mass, no matter what their lives are like, they receive Holy Communion because everyone else is doing so even though they may actually be living agnostic lives.
Can we control people? No, but liturgists and perhaps this pope would like to do so.