Churchwardens are a central institution of the Anglican Patrimony; they go back to the parochial life of the pre-Reformation Church (see Voices of Morbath). The other day, one of my last pair of Churchwardens at S Thomas's (a distinguished linguist, a friend, and now of course in the Ordinariate) set me thinking about why the revolution of the 1960s happened so fast and so thoroughly.
Vaggagini says somewhere "Three tendencies were manifested: some wanted no concessions to the vernacular; some wanted permission to say everything in the vernacular for all who wanted it; some wanted to maintain the basic principle of Latin, but also to open the door noticeably to the vernacular tongue." The last group, he said, were by far the largest. So, if you put that together, you clearly find that the overwhelming majority of the Council Fathers wanted at least to preserve a basically Latin Liturgy. So how did we end up with the practical disappearance of Latin in less than a decade? And a radical deformation of the Roman Rite?
Another friend left a comment on one of my threads recently advancing the hypothesis that the Council, if anything, attempted to put the brakes on the radical slide into innovation which had been begun by Venerable Pius XII. I think there could be something in that. How about this as a summary of a possible narrative:
Over the decades, an international network of professional Liturgical Experts had grown up who were mostly not particularly marked by precise or original scholarship but maintained a close network of meetings, conferences, and journals. After the Council, they soon came to dominate the Diocesan Liturgical Committees which the Bishops set up, and then the liturgical bureaucracies created by the Episcopal Conferences. Bishops felt that they didn't really know about Liturgy and were glad to be able to leave it to Experts.
You remember the hoohaa that started up when Joseph Ratzinger began to write about Liturgy: "But he's not an expert in Liturgy". They meant: he's not one of us and he hasn't participated in our conferences and our journals and our international common agendas.
BTW ... Our present Holy Father Pope Francis has made some pretty crisp remarks about effort being wasted on liturgical minutiae, which he sensibly calls narcissistic neo-Pelagian elitism. Perhaps he will do something practical ... like calling for the dissolution of parochial liturgical planning groups, diocesan and national liturgical bureaucracies? The personel concerned could be sent out to kiss babies and give money to the destitute.