I posted Fr. McBrien’s panegyric of Archbp. Marini here.
McBrien’s piece raises a question for me.
Consider what he says:
What they oppose is the de-clericalization of the liturgy. In their minds, the Church is identical with the hierarchy and the priests who serve under the bishops. The laity, on the other hand, are simply the beneficiaries of the sacramental ministrations of the clergy, in a process ultimately controlled by the Vatican.
The problem for the resisters is not so much that the Mass was put into the vernacular, but that the laity could now fully understand it and actively participate in it.
The same applies to the turning around of the altar to face the congregation.the priest-in-charge reciting the sacred words and performing the sacred rituals on behalf of the laity, but the laity themselves participating in the Mass along with the priest, making responses, singing various parts, proclaiming the Scripture readings, and even assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion.
And the same applies to the removal of the Communion rail and the receiving of Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue, while standing rather than kneeling. Each of these changes signaled again that the laity are not passive observers at Mass, but active participants.
The Communion rail is gone because there should be no barrier between the sanctuary and the worshiping congregation. Communion is given in the hand because the laity should feed themselves rather than be fed like infants or very young children.
The communicants stand rather than kneel because they approach the priest as co-equals with him in Baptism, not as serfs coming before their lord and master to express their fealty.
So I ask you: Which form of Mass lends itself more to the negative sort of "clericalism" McBrien is denouncing? The Novus Ordo or the TLM?
Think not just in terms of how poorly celebrated Masses lead to problems. Both forms of Mass can be abused.
Is there something in the rites themselves that lend themselves to "clericalism", one way or the other?