The late modern age approached the “liturgical question” on two levels: that of an initiation into the rite and the reform of the rites themselves. Although it is clear today that the latter approach ultimately took precedence over the former, it never really succeeded in bringing about the aggiornomento that was hoped for. This is the fault not – as often is mistakenly suggested – of the reform of the rites as such but of the context in which they were introduced. By itself, we must confess and admit today, fifty years after the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, that the way the liturgical reform was prepared for was quite different from the way it was implemented. This difference between preparation and implementation – between the careful development of a broad awareness of the need to confront the liturgical question at the two levels noted above and the conscious commitment to carry out a reform of the rites as an important (though never exclusive) aspect of a response to that question – seems to me to be the most relevant element in truly understanding what happened in the story of the twentieth-century liturgical movement.
Andrea Grillo, Beyond Pius V: Conflicting Interpretations of the Liturgical Reform, trans. Barry Hudock, Rev. Ed. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013), p. 46. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6327-1.