Pardon my cynicism and the declaration to the signors that it is all for nought; but we've heard it all before.
I well remember St. John Paul II's "Chirograph on Sacred Music" to celebrate the great Tra le sollecitudini of St. Pius X.
This conference was held on the same date to mark Musicam Sacram of March 5, 1967. It is like getting together to remember the sinking of the Titanic because that is what that terrible document was, liturgically speaking.
The "graduated solemnity" and the permission to substitute dubious hymns and "songs" for the Proper antiphons which did not even need to be recited after 1967, is the most singular occurrence in the destruction of the liturgy. This was 1967 and we were dealing with the "Tridentine" Mass in its vernacular form with simplified rubrics, and for the most part, facing the people. The Novus Ordo Missae was still nearly three years away. I was a young boy and that document allowed, or at least was interpreted to allow, Let it Be, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Hey Jude to be used at Mass. I know. I was there.
The disaster of Musicam Sacram can only be fixed by its complete abrogation and replacement.
I have no hope that this will happen. It did not happen under John Paul II notwithstanding his Chirograph, it did not happen under Pope Benedict XVI from whom we expected it with his "Reform of the Reform" vision, notwithstanding his "full, complete and universal jurisdiction," to do it. Notwithstanding the words of Pope Francis to the conference can we expect that he will actually bring about the change?
No, it will not happen because no Pope has the desire to make it happen because they know that it won't be carried out.
The dictatorship of the music publishers and guitarists and incompetent, ignorant, ill-trained church musician throughout the world will prevent it. There is too much money tied up in bad church music. Too many pastors don't want the headache and confrontation with the liturgical fascists. I know of one pastor who wanted to make changes at the parish who was told, "Don't expect me to be one of Benedict's men." Another who was threatened with serious collection plate problems if he did not remove the Reform of the Reform Director of Music. Ergo, the problem. There are many more examples.
No, it will not change. The Novus Ordo is irredeemable and there is only one future for the Holy Mass and it is back to It. It is the Missal of 1962 at a minimum and 1949, pre Bugnini if ever possible, but at least for 1962, the music and chant was not effected. And yet, that in itself is not enough. We need to read again Tra le Sollecitudini, Mediator Dei and Sacra Musicae and De Musica Sacra Et Sacra Liturgia and consider possible adaptations from there. Everything that came after was, and remains a disaster.
The Church in the not too distant future will abrogate the Missal of Paul VI. It will repent for it to God. It is a liturgy that is "banal" and "on the spot manufactured product," as Cardinal Ratzinger wrote.
I've been told by more than one priest that the modernist Rite "will not convict the sinner" and "it will not covert souls."
It's time we got back to that.