I found a great article at LifeSite by Peter Kwasniewski which screamed to be made into a podcast. Sometimes I do this with good articles to make sure the content is more available to those who are pressed for time or have a hard time reading. You can listen.
The piece in question is “How Vatican II elevated worshipers’ ‘active participation’ above worship of God”
Peter argues that the concept of “active participation” elevated by Vatican II really turned on its head the principles of liturgical reform at the heart of Pius X’s efforts to renew liturgical worship. Pius X was the first to use the concept of “active participation” in a document. He argued that when liturgical worship is well and truly carried out with sacredness and dignity, then the people will be conformed to it and their participation will be fuller, active, etc. So, first and foremost, the rites must be fostered. However, Vatican II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium says that that, first and foremost, the active participation of the people must be fostered. That reverses the logical order. Of course both are going on at the same time, in actuality, but there is a logical precedence. Vatican II and so-called experts subsequently reversed it. Peter makes a good argument.
Then I rant about the meaning of “active participation”. I pick up also on a key point Peter made and carry on with it with my watchword:
WE ARE OUR RITES!