Salve Regina has an interesting quote from Paul VI on the reform of the liturgy. Holy Father was certainly prophetic in Humane Vitae,,,what about the Mass?
From an allocution at the Wednesday audience by the Servant of God, Pope Paul VI.
" A new rite of the Mass: a change in a venerable tradition that has gone on for centuries. This is something that affects our hereditary religious patrimony, which seemed to enjoy the privilege of being untouchable and settled. It seemed to bring the prayer of our forefathers and our saints to our lips and to give us the comfort of feeling faithful to our spiritual past, which we kept alive to pass it on to the generations ahead.
It is at such a moment as this that we get a better understanding of the value of historical tradition and the communion of the saints. This change will affect the ceremonies of the Mass. We shall become aware, perhaps with some feeling of annoyance, that the ceremonies at the altar are no longer being carried out with the same words and gestures to which we were accustomed..." - finish the allocution at Salve Regina
I venerated Paul VI, I saw him several times. I love him. I think he is a saint.
Although, now I must ask, what was he thinking?