Hmmm - I just got the new USCCB monthly e-newsletter on the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, (go here to subscribe) and as a result made a visit to their "modestly redesigned" Roman Missal web site. Under the Parish Resources tab, two of the three PowerPoints feature a screen with the same four points under "Theological Premises of the Conciliar Reform of the Liturgy." The second point is "Participation of the Faithful is the Goal to be Considered Before all Others." (Sacrosanctum Consilium, 48)
In the years since Vatican II, apparently the priority of this has been replaced by the need for literal correctness. If paricipation is still truly the highest goal, then why has so much attention been given to the "correctness" of the new translation over it's comprehensibility? Archaic Latinate language, long out of common usage, that will require explanation is not going to support that goal unless we do a LOT of upgrading of the literacy of our American adults... or provide a great deal of catechesis. This will be a big task... and many parishes may not be up to it.
Our diocese is mandating training of all leadership - by participation in the"Mystical Body, Mystical Voice" workshop experience from the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein. Apparently at least 43 other sites are using that resource as well. The list on the front page of the USCCB Roman Missal web site names over 20 locations for the FDLC workshops on the topic.
Will this instruction be enough to help foster in the Assembly the kind of active participation the Council called for? What else will be needed? There are some good resources out there to be used in parishes, but again - will this be enough? Who will equip the aging tired clergy and parish leaders to deal with the reality of the average parish? I am still wondering. I think we have our work cut out for us!