[quote="OraLabora, post:17, topic:315109"]
I take a different approach. Benedictines are big on obedience, and as an Oblate I try to follow that charism. It's not our job, as laity (nor even as monks or parish priests) to direct Rome on the constitution of the liturgy.
When the OF came out, the Benedictines of my congregation (Solesmes) set out to do the best possible job with the liturgy with what they were handed. I consider myself deeply blessed to live close enough to the abbey to be able to go there every Sunday for Mass. The monks of Solesmes made sure that all the liturgical books and music were kept up-to-date and adapted to the new Mass (and somewhat later, the new Divine Office; they produce the antiphonaries for both the Monastic and Roman forms of the Office).
The result is simply quite splendid, based on my experiences at my own abbey and the "mother ship" in France (St-Wandrille, itself a daughter of Solesmes): a Mass fully in Gregorian chant for the propers and ordinary (Latin & Greek), and the rest in French plainchant; Lauds and Vespers entirely in Gregorian chant; Gregorian hymns and Marian antiphons at the other hours. All done with care, love and attention to detail. I really have no need, and even less right, to demand more.
I think that this is the direction we should be going. Tinkering with readings and whatnot will not bring reverence to the liturgy, and suggesting that Rome tinker with the readings is likely to fall on deaf ears. Doing the liturgy with care, and good music, will, IMHO, improve the liturgy dramatically. The readings, liturgical year, and basic structure of the Mass etc., are really all things outside our control.
On the other hand, care in the execution of of the liturgy, selection of the music and quality of its performance, restoring many lost practices like sanctus bells and incense, are all things that are in our control in the parishes and religious communities.
As I get older I realize it's important to pick one's battles. Speculating about what the Vatican should or shouldn't do with the structural elements of the Mass are a waste of time at our level. Getting out there and doing something about executing what we have properly, is something we can do, hence my participation in a Gregorian schola and with the Gregorian Institute of Canada.
well, of course, it's beyond my pay grade. Just my personal opion on what I think should have happened in the implementation of SC. Of course, it carries no weight other than just that, my opinion.
On the other hand, Pope Benedict has spoken of a mutual enrichment of the two forms. What this means is not necessarily unacceptable to speculate about. It could mean simply improving the ars celebrandi in the newer rite, or it could actually entail some kind of "merging" as my post suggested.