I've just started to read Feast of Faith, a collection of Cardinal Ratzinger's thoughts on the liturgy. It's quite interesting and makes me wonder what he might do in the area of liturgical reform. He makes the point that liturgies have developed in the Church through the centuries, as a result of an organic process of growth. One of his criticisms of the Missal that came out after Vatican II is that "with all its advantages, the new Missal was published as if it were a book put together by professors, not a phase in a continual growth process. Such a thing has never happened before. It is absolutely contrary to the laws of liturgical growth.... The Catholic liturgy was thus reduced to the level of a mere product of modern times. This loss of perspective is really disturbing." He continues by saying there is much that is good in the new Missal, and adds, "In my view, a new edition will need to make it quite clear that the so-called Missal of Paul VI is nothing other than a renewed form of the same Missal to which Pius X, Urban VIII, Pius V and their predeccessors have contributed, right from the Church's earliest history.... The fundamental issue is whether faith comes about through regulations and learned research or through the living history of a Church which retains her identity throughout the centuries." (pp. 86-87)
It sure sounds like Pope Benedict wants to do something to make some changes in the liturgy. A few years ago in a class I took, the priest who taught it--who was not a traditionalist by any means--said that something is lacking in the new liturgy and the Church needs to address that. He said that people have told him that they feel something is missing, something of the mystical element that used to be there which they are thirsting for. And most of the people in the class agreed. It made for quite an interesting discussion. What do you think?