These disputes are often caused by reading into the Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy later ideas or enthusiasms, of differing merit, which are simply not there. For example, Mass facing the people, having the entire liturgy in the vernacular, communion in the hand, the introduction of altar girls and of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are commonplace now, but have nothing to do with the Council itself. Sometimes an appeal to the “spirit” of Vatican II is made to justify these later innovations, but this ignores the authoritative nature of the Council’s texts, dissipates their integrity and relativises them. (Source)
Sadly, in Ottawa, we were not given permission to discuss Vatican II and especially those topics above. Too controversial. Might upset too many people.
In the Spirit of Vatican II Church, harmony, peace, and tranquility trumps truth, obedience, and beauty.
Not a positive experience for yours truly. Not at all.