In recent discussions, some forum members have said that it’s wrong for lay Catholics to hold the opinion that the post-Vatican II (Pauline) liturgy is in need of reform. For instance, they’ve said that it’s not our place to question the desirability of certain widespread, licit practices (e.g., priest facing the people; communion in the hand; piano and guitar music; absence of Latin and chant). “If the Church permits it, it must be good, and that’s the end of the story” – or so the argument goes.
Other forum members disagree. They say that, on “non-binding” issues such as this, lay Catholics have a right to hold their own opinions, and may even have a duty to express them. Furthermore, they point to the fact that many leaders in our Church – from Fr. Fessio all the way up to Pope Benedict XVI – have repeatedly voiced strong concerns about the need for liturgical reform. This is not a question of “valid vs. invalid,” but of “more conducive to reverence vs. less conducive to reverence.”
This thread is intended as a place to discuss such issues. If you believe the post-Vatican II liturgy is need of reform – or if you believe it isn’t – or if you believe we shouldn’t even be talking about this! – feel free to explain your views here. You’re welcome to quote any “experts” of your choice, as long as said experts are in full union with Rome.
Of course, let’s keep the discussion charitable – e.g., don’t use mocking or condemning language to describe certain licit liturgical practices, or those Catholics who happen to enjoy them. And, please – in order that this thread might remain open for fruitful discussion – let’s keep it on topic. If someone else happens to post a remark that’s off-topic, please resist the urge to follow up, other than suggesting that it be taken to a different thread.
To be specific: This thread is not intended for discussion of the possible “return of the TLM,” the SSPX, practices that are clearly illicit under the current liturgical guidelines (i.e. “liturgical abuses”), or anything else that doesn’t directly relate to the subject line.