[quote="Crumpy, post:3, topic:226490"]
I lived through the council with a lot of anticipation.
If it weren't for the local diocesan Catholic newspaper, I might have missed the council entirely.
I thought then as I do now, that the bishops should have come home and explained the council to the rest of us who didn't go to Rome.
I've lived in several parishes, and I hardly saw a ripple of exposition come out of the council.
Oh, yes, eventually we had the Mass in English, facing the people. I dislike that Mass prayers that I was used to were eliminated or made optional.
In over 45 years, I have not seen a surge in the quality of English music for the Mass. If you watch EWTN Mass, they use the same dirge-like Mass hymns, that lack excitement even on the holydays when we're supposed to be really whooping it up and celebrating.
That's the worst dumbing-down aspect of the Mass that I find simply incredible.
It may not be a general phenomenon, but a past bishop we had removed all the crucifixes in all the churches. So, now we have this resurrecting Jesus, with His arms upward.
To address the OP question, the quality of the Mass was left up to the local bishop, who decides everything. This was the council of the BISHOP, as the first Vat Con was of the POPE.
When it comes down to the parish level, you're basically stuck with the preferences of the organist of the parish. If he/she wants bubble gum music or rap music, that's what you're going to get. NO NO NO, there is NO democracy about this. Get that out of your head.
Did you ever see a "feedback" form or a complaint form? Well, that should tell you something. Your opinion is not important, neither is mine.
What we have is the tyranny of the bishop's inner circle, of which you and I are not a part and not welcome. So, respectfully, don't expect the Pope to open this can of worms.
Now, the "misinterpretations" and "misapplications" -- again, up to the bishops and national bishops councils. Again, you and I are not welcome.
Crumpy, you may find some comfort from these links. be sure to watch Part 1 and Part 2
Part 1 youtube.com/watch?v=9fpG2sQg_fg
Part 2 youtube.com/watch?v=S8P0JcvsMgE&feature=related