When I was in seminary in Italy, our liturgical expert Fr Franck Quoex handed some of us a photocopied sheet of an essay by a distinguished French prelate and MC of Pope Pius XII. About ten years ago, I published this paper on the internet and translated it into English. Here are the links:
Perhaps better versions are now available elsewhere, as this paper has not gone unnoticed in the traditionalist Roman Catholic world.
Another article has been published about this remarkable man – Léon Gromier: Liturgical Reform Between Rupture and Continuity on the Chant Café blog. I also make a HT to The New Liturgical Movement which has linked to this article. It somewhat “mainstreams” criticisms of the 1950’s reforms of certain aspects of the Roman Missal like the Holy Week ceremonies and gives a theological and scholarly tilt to the discussion. This is something we can be very grateful for.
I’m sure Fr Smith, who wrote this article, would be grateful for comments over on Chant Café. The idea of liturgy coming from centuries of tradition and gradual change rather than being “manufactured” has always been a theme close to my heart.