I am a firm believer that the Extraordinary Form must not be tinkered with right now. We need a long period of stability so that the right sort of “gravitational pull” of the Ordinary and the Extraordinary Forms can take place down the line, perhaps not even in our lifetime. The rubrics, the Ordinary of Mass, should be left alone.
And let me head off here the dopey rumor that in 2013 some “hybrid” missal will be forced on traditional Catholics. I don’t know where that rumor came from, but it is entirely absurd. That rabbit hole is closed.
That said, I think that the calendar of the Extraordinary Form should be updated with new saints. I am talking about the “Sanctoral cycle”. I leave aside for now the side issue of whether or not new Prefaces should be added. That is another question. We can leave aside the coordination of some days such as Corpus Domini and All Soul’s. Let’s restrict this to the updating of the Sanctoral cycle, the feasts of saints on the calendar whom we honor at the altar and in the Office.
We need some updating.
For example, on 7 October Sts. Hildegard of Bingen and John of Avila will be named Doctors of the Church by Pope Benedict. Already the calendar of the older Missale Romanum is behind with some doctors, such as St. Teresa of Avila. She is a now a Doctor of the Church. She now gets, I believe, the Common of a Virgin Not A Martyr. Fine. But she is a Doctor of the Church now.
We should have the option, if not the obligation, to commemorate at the altar great saints who are more proximate to our time and devotions, such as St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Pio, and saints more recently canonized who are of great local importance. Do Australians have an interest in St. Mary McKillop?
St. Damian of Molokai… St. Kateri Tekakwitha … St. Josemaria Escriva … St. Claude de la Colombière … St. Gianna Beretta Molla…
Each of these saints has a Latin proper Collect, if not an entire proper. The Missale Romanum could be updated with these texts. This is what happened all along the way with the Missale Romanum: the Ordinary was not changed, but the Propers and were updated. The updates began soon after 1570 when Pius V issued his first edition of the Missale Romanum. Clement VIII revised it in 1604. Urban VIII revised it in 1634. Leo XIII revised it in 1884. Pius X revised it Benedict XV promulgated it in 1920. You get the idea.
That said, the issue of the calendar and the possibility of coordinating the calendars of the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form seem to me a nearly insuperable challenge. I hope that, in the future, the Extraordinary Form calendar will over time pull by its gravitational force the new, post-Conciliar calendar back into some more recognizable shape. I would like to see in the Ordinary Form a return to the proper liturgical seasons, and a reintroduction of elements such as the Ember Days, a different concept of vigils and – for the love of God – a reclamation of our Holy Days. But I digress.
Expand the Sanctoral cycle. Leave the rest alone.