Notice we are primarily challenging the mode of celebration, not merely the content, of a given liturgy.
The Ordinary Form of the Mass suffers most egregiously from distortions of its proper mode of celebration (loss of reverence; loss of chant) as well as from unnecessary deletions (loss of the older Offertory prayers; loss of the prayers at the foot of the altar) and a plethora of unnecessary options. Until priests become more confident about celebrating the Ordinary Form with dignity, aware of its sublime character instead of allowing it to be turned into a circus or a social club, the Ordinary Form will draw continued criticism and fail to invite people into the heavenly Liturgy from which the earthly liturgy should receive its proper shape.
Fanatics who hold to the versus populum ideology by exalting the exceptions to create a new rule are really not concerned about worshipping God as much as they are worshipping their god. The mere mention of ad orientem worship causes an almost allergic reaction in the Spirit of Vatican II fanatic. He identifies ad orientem worship as a throwback to his confused childhood, a time when the Church was the bogeyman for authority fearing individuals who bought into the "Question Authority" doctrine of the Timothy Leary narco-anarchists.
Those who are accustomed to safe worship of a safe god are hindered by their own practiced ignorance from appreciating authentic liturgy. As far as their tastes in music, art and architecture go, they are morbidly obese. They do not want to leave their comfortable armchair perched in front of their comfortable liturgy.
Comfortable religion feels good for a time, but after awhile motivation begins to dry up and the familiarity turns into contempt. An entire generation of suburban Catholics became rebels, not in a good sense, but rebels who refuse the wisdom of Christ and the Magisterium of the Church which, for any Catholic, are inseparable.
The fading generation is no longer yeast for the world. Point of fact, they were never yeast for the world. Their bread never rose; they have become mouldy bread and toxic. Conversely, an emerging generation, not burdened by their rebellious elder's rejection of authority, is becoming the leaven of the new evangelization. If you want to know what that leaven looks like in action, look for people demonstrating the following:
- a love of Jesus Christ and His Church
- a love of Tradition
- a love of obedience to the Magisterium of the Church
- a love of authentic liturgy, of liturgy not diminished by the arrogant and/or narcissistic behaviour of priests and lay people
- a love of truly sacred music, the chant and polyphony drawn from the Church's vast treasury of authentic liturgical music
- a love of truth about and justice for the unborn