It looks as though the rumours about a "Reform of the Reform" are true. I had a journalist on the phone yesterday from one of the nationals asking about it. I don't think he read this story.
There were lots of rumours last year about Rome refusing to renew the indult for deviation from the Church's norm of communion on the tongue, kneeling. There was talk about using Latin for sacramental formulae. Documents like Sacramentum Caritatis reminded us that things like the communion plate were still to be used, that music was supposed to be chant or polyphony.
The signs the Holy Father has been giving; the way he gives Holy Communion, his choice of vestments, the occassional public -always private- ad orientem celebration of Mass, the type of music that is chosen for his public Masses seem like bricks placed ready for building. His encouragement of the Traditional Mass with Summorum Pontificum is yet another factor.
People like Frs Lang -from the London Oratory- and Bux have been appointed to the CDW both of whom have written and speak on the importance of ad orientem worship and the importance of Latin, of the celebration of Mass within a traditional framework. Cardinal Arinze and Archbishop Ranjith the head and deputy of the CDW spoke of the importance of reverence in the Mass, of adding and subtracting nothing from the Rites. The dimunutive -small men tend to find ways of getting themselves heard- Cardinal Antonio Llovera Cañizares, known as little Ratzinger because of his commitment to everything the Pope teaches is now the liturgy supremo.
My point is that there are documents already in place, there are people in place, there are models in place the big problem as always is that no-one is listening or looking at the signs.
Cardinal Antonio Llovera Cañizares problem is how to communicate what is there. New legislation imposed with force will do little, except to distance the disobedience. More rebellion is hardly good for the Church.
I have said before on this blog, I think the way forward is shown in Summorum Pontificum. The Pope is not a creator of tsuanamis in the Church but of gentle movements. In Summorum Pontificum he lays the blame for the Traditional Mass not being celebrated at the feet of Bishops, he places the choice of celebrating it in the hands of individual priests, the bishop has the pastoral responsibility of ensuring the Church's rites are made available to God's people, it is not their role to restrict them or to alter them but to ensure they are celebrated according to the mind of the Church.
I suspect that if the Prefect of the CDW issues a document, it will be be to remind bishops of their proper role of oversight rather than alteration of the liturgy, as the Holy Father has already done in SP, and possibly to remind them of what the documents already say, and what is commendable in the proper celebration of the Church's liturgy.
The Holy Father is conscious that he is elderly, that any beneficial change will be gradual and take at least a generation to take effect, what he is concerned about is putting the building blocks of "Reform" in place. What we do not want is change based on papal whim or preference, which will not be lasting and possibly swept away by a successor but something based on clear law and documentation.