There are some days where I want to go to an ef mass so bad it hurts (especially when I’m listening to the horrible music at a typical mass) but I really think this separation of EF and OF is at best a temporary solution. As much as pope benedict says they are two forms of the same rite, I can’t help but disagree (ever so slightly, and of course, respectfully) mainly because the EF and OF have different calendars.
I also think that traditionalists tend to ghettoize themselves by only attending EF masses (not to mention the rampant craziness which drives people like myself away).
I think a lot of the problems with the OF can be solved by treating it in light of the older mass (as well as the eastern liturgies), that is, approaching it, and thus presenting it, with the same attitude of awe and reverence. While I think legitimate complaints can be made on the basis that the OF rubrics are too “malleable”, I think this might serve a good purpose instead of a bad one.
Having said all this, if I were a pastor (or better yet a bishop) Here’s what I’d do
-communion by intinction, so everyone must receive on the tungue.
-more liberal use of incense (as i understand, teh EF actually restricts its use to certain occasions, but the OF allows it in all cases) I would actually use it at all times like the eastern rites.
-chanting the WHOLE mass (again like the eastern rites). Notice that i’m freely borrowing elements from other traditions, but traditions with a correct view of the purpose of liturgy. It would be cool if we could chant the readings as well. I saw that on a good friday liturgy in Rome this past Easter.
-ad orientum (that goes without saying)
-as for music, I may go so far as to ban ALL instruments, just so there’s as little room as possible for craziness.
-servers and EMHCS. Maybe I could ban both boys and girls and just do it all myself altogether. that way I’m not accused of leaving the girls out. (although i might be accused of lots of other things)
-Latin latin and more latin (although I think doing it in the vernacular has benefits as well)