When I was in Canberra, my friends caught me saying what they believed to be intelligent and insisted i put it on the blog, so here goes.
My theory is that Before Vatican 2, the Church liturgically got it's self in a rut, the average parish Sunday mass was a low mass. I think this is because there just was a lot of laziness or lack of resources (no choir, or other clergy). Cardinal Ratzinger says in one of his books that the low mass became your standard parish mass. By use of simple reason we see that the Extra Ordinary form is very rigid when it comes to solemnity, but the ordinary form isn't, ie you can have incense at any mass or have a sung mass with out incense. So we see that the ordinary form appears to have been designed so you could have the most solemnity that you could, unfortunately the so called "low Mass" mentality was still at large after the implementation of the ordinary form and not only that but an "abusive" mentality flared up in the church, because of the Ordinary form's flexibility .
I myself like both forms, they both holy, but I prefer the extra ordinary form when done solemnly. The ordinary form has only it's flexibility going for it, compared with devotional qualities of the Extra ordinary form.
It will be very interesting to see this new development form maybe 500years in the future, will both forms still co-exist or will one become more dominant?
One of my current reading books is "how Christ celebrated the first mass" and apparently the first mass ever written is the divine liturgy of St James and the book goes on that the Roman rite was written by St Peter, quite interesting. I hope Elizabeth Harrington, will find out that there are more rites in the church, especially that the first mass celebrated by Christ himself was not a free for all, all encompassing and gender neutral affair, it was the Sacred passover a liturgy that was in the making ever since the Jews left Egypt!
I hope that the words of a young FSSP seminarian come true,
" I long for the days that the only argument in the church is, Lace yes or no"
Finally like my co-blogger has pointed out, that the CDF used this latest development for the more so called "controversial" document that they released regarding Vatican 2"