From Rorate Caeli (press title):
Today, Siccardi says, no one can claim anymore that this is a rite linked to the “nostalgia” of past generations, who in their youth had experienced the “ancient” liturgy. The elders of our days are rather those of the upheaval of the Second Vatican Council and the liturgical revolution, those who continue to persecute “ Mass,” around whose altar belltowers, basilicas, shrines, monasteries, abbeys, and cathedrals rose up. Vatican II is the only Council in history that did not convene to condemn theological and doctrinal errors but to open itself to the world, to the “distant,” to Protestants. It is certainly no coincidence that the first document of a gathering that focused on ecumenism was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy , where the first paragraph reads: “The sacred Council proposes to make Christian life among the faithful grow daily more intense; to better adapt to the needs of our time those institutions which are subject to change.” The objective thus signaled has failed resoundingly because the premises were fallacious and erroneous. For this reason, as statistics mercilessly point out, seminaries are closing; parishes are being amalgamated; already dioceses (like that of Cefalú) are entrusting parishes to groups of lay people. Thus, while churches, especially in Europe, are emptying and being sold off more and more, those of the traditional kind are vital and thriving.