I had to shorten my quotation of you so my entry would fit.
I think there was a good movement to restore to the people a more active role in the liturgy which was enunciated by Pope Pius X and Sacrosanctum Concilium as the people being able to sing the parts of the Mass in Latin that are proper to them.
I have participated in this type of Tridentine Mass and I can say it is a wonderful blend of participation (the singing) as well as parts which are spoken, “et cum spiritu tuo”. Further there is a good amount of silence as well, and we had a good choir also singing. Also, the seminarians at FSSP are taught Gregorian chant not just for themselves, but so they can teach their congregations it as well.
As far as using the Latin goes, and why it is good, I refer you to Pope John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia:
Also, I see no reason why most Catholics, if they are going to attend Mass all their life, can’t learn enough Latin to understand the Mass. It’s really not that hard and would be worth it.
On paper, one can certainly see good intentions as far as what the Bishops of Vatican II wanted to do for the liturgy. However, I personally think that despite all good intentions, what it comes down to is what Archbishop Bugnini and his liturgical commission actually did with the liturgy. And to my mind, and many others, the result has been far from good. And I say this as someone who attends the Novus Ordo most of the time. For further reasons, I invite you to read Dietrich von Hildebrand’'s article which I’ve linked to in my signature line below.
I tend to look at things like liturgy and ecumenism via not so much the lofty intentions, but how it is actually carried out. Part of the issue with ecumenism is that it remains (to my mind) somewhat undefined and can undercut evangelism. It also seems to be pretty much a failure so far. For instance, we are further away from denominations like the Anglicans on moral issues than we ever were.
I also think evangelism applies to both individuals and nations.
As far as what Joseph Vacarelli suggests, I did come across this interview with him which coincides with some things he said in the book, I believe:
On Being Catholic American
In regards to Fatima, it is a given that up until 1984 Russia was not consecrated. There are those who say it was consecrated in 1984 (I’m not one). Our Lady promised the conversion of Russia and a time of peace if we consecrated Russia as she requested. Conversely, if we didn’t obey, and kept sinning, we were told that Russia would spread her errors (communism) throughout the world and the Church and Holy Father would have much to suffer. Here is an article which goes into more detail:
Good discussion. God bless!