As I stated in a post below, the Holy Father’s recent document on the Liturgy isn’t bad but it isn’t entirely good either. Like so much of this Pontiff’s pontificate, he spoils the good with the sour he always includes. Take for example his off-the-cuff statements to reporters after successful major pilgrimages. These are so controversial that the off-the-cuff statements completely overshadow a somewhat triumphal visit to various places.
The same is true with His Holiness’ liturgical leadership. It isn’t entirely bad but not entirely good. The major problem with this pontificate and his interpretation of Vatican II is that he and his theology cancels what came before. And what this pontificate cancels gives example to another pontificate to cancel, the very pontificate of this pope. He has confirmed an ideological interpretation of Vatican II which cancels what came before.
Pope Benedict understood this. He understood well that the only way forward is not to cancel the road behind. His Christmas elocution to the cardinals of the Curia is the only way forward. To go the way of Pope Francis and his cancelation of two pontificates, one of a saint and one of a still living emeritus pope is not only poor taste but a major scandal. It is embarrassingly so. But also the scandal that is even greater is the “spirit of Vatican II” which cancels all other councils including the reforming Council of Trent.
This article posted at Rorate Caeli is quite balanced and quite accurate: