In June of this year an article by Reid entitled "Benedict XVI and liturgical reform" appeared in the pages of AD 2000, Vol. 18, No. 15 (June 2005), p. 9. (The title above is linked to an online edition). In this article, he gives his frank assessment of the prospects for liturgical reform under the pontificate of Pope Benedict. Among other things, Reid says:
[Pope Benedict] has stated categorically in [God and the World: A Conversation with Peter Seewald] and elsewhere that proscriptions against the traditional Mass should be lifted. So there is little doubt that we shall see freedom granted to the traditional Latin Mass. But we shall not see its forcible re- imposition, nor the reversal of the reforms of Paul VI.Yet again, Reid observes:
Those who have spoken with the Cardinal about Redemptionis Sacramentum have no doubt that, as Pope, he would require not only its observance by all who prepare and celebrate the Liturgy, but also its enforcement by bishops, for he knows and appreciates the deep suffering caused by those who depart from the norms of the liturgical books.And finally:
Pope Benedict XVI will not act beyond his competence in respect of the Sacred Liturgy, but he will act, for he is convinced that, as he wrote in 1997, "the true celebration of the Sacred Liturgy is the centre of any renewal of the Church whatever."The article goes into some detail about Pope Benedict's theological development and offers considerable data apropos the question of future liturgical prospects. Read the whole article here.
(A tip of the hat to David L. Alexander for his referral.)