In the debates on liturgy, the TLM vs. NO debates end up being one dimensional, as if the TLM is free from abuse and the NO is nothing but abuse, but in reality, the missals themselves are not as big a issue as the rubrics of how the mass is celebrated is, the reverence if you will.
While the traditional mass of today we see is celebrated in great reverence, in no small part because of the dedication of the priests who celebrate it and the parishoners who support it, the misal can be open to abuse, a great example is the 15 minuite masses that were celebrated before Vatican II, and the big changes in rurbcis that took place in the 65 missal, a missal that is almost identical to the 62 missal. Even before the council ended, even before the the 65 missal came into use, parishes were allready celebrating the mass facing the people, in the vernacular, with laymen reading the Epistle with the laity standing for communion. Even in the early 60s, some parishes were allready taking their altar rails done, and this was done often in dis obidience to the established norms of the time. The Missal remained the same but the rubrics dramatically changed.
Flash forward today, we see what takes place in many NO masses, and that is sheer abuses, priests not even following the missal, even the masses that are by the book come across is irreverent, with Haugen/Haas hymns, a small army of EMEs and a altar server corp that is mostly female, but this is not the case with all NO parishes.
My Home parish, ran by the Dominicans only uses the NO missal, but none of the hymns are post 1960(Uses the Collegeville hymnal), no altar girls, lots of incense used, no female lectors, no EMEs and all use the rail for communion. In short, it is not the typical NO. I am of the strong belief that rubrics rather than the missal itself is at the heart of many of these problems.
In my opinion, liturgical “reform” should have stopped with the 65 missal, maybe using an expanded lectionary, while keeping the rubrics such as the priest facing “ad orientum”, using the rail, no EMEs, intact.