I think it'd be hard, nevertheless I pray for that not to happen. Fortunately, the absence of a pyramidal hierarchy presupposes that no bishop, even the EP, can't impose changes on the DL for all the Orthodox, and every single attempt would be stopped by the Church entire. I also pray for the Western Churches outside of Orthodoxy that they might correct their Protestant errors and restitute to their congregations the original beauty of their liturgies.
In Christ, Alex
V2 was exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. A mistake.
It didn't define any doctrine so Roman Catholics ought to put it away.
Even though what it actually said often wasn't a problem (religious liberty without indifferentism/relativism, ecumenism: having official talks with other churches and religions with that same caveat, and translating services).
There's the party line of the educated that V2 made Rome more like the East (token deacons, tacked-on epiklesis
, telling Eastern Catholics, again
, not to self-latinise which got blown off again
) and then there's the common-sense view of the unbiased observer that it was an obvious move away from the East (from services that are like the Orthodox to services that are like the Protestants).
Greek Catholic is essentially superior V2 RC which isn't Rome's fault but because most Greek Catholics want it that way.
The game the liberals played when writing the conciliar documents was to have rhetoric praising something traditional (Latin, chant, organ music, etc.) then a few passages down undermine it by making it optional, which in practice around the world really meant suppressing it.
I don't think the six Protestant ministers were all Lutherans from Tübingen. One was Anglican from England for example.
The changes weren't directly an imitation of Protestantism (after all many Lutherans and Anglicans even today have better liturgical sense than mainstream RCs) but rather, bigger trends in the culture at the time: the then-hip abstract, spartan, stripped-down look of modern art etc. (a 1950s office building for example).
And... to understand English-speaking (Irish) RC culture then and now read Thomas Day's books Why Catholics Can't Sing
(he's a musicologist) and Where Have You Gone, Michelangelo?
In short the persecuted Irish 200 years ago couldn't have nice art and music in church and came to look down on such things as part of the culture of the hated English. They brought this church culture of Low Mass with devotions with them to America, where they ran the RC Church because they were English-speaking whites. The legitimate liturgical movement from continental Europe (good High Masses every week where possible) was supposed to correct that, and the intellgentsia among RCs thought V2 was going to do that, but it really ended up destroying that movement and continuing the problem Day describes perfectly. The guitar Mass is just the old Irish-American pattern in 1970s-ish garb, which they like even better because they don't have to fuss with the rituals of the old Mass. Add Modernism to that stew and now you get mainstream RC.
A better alternative history: if at a more opportune time (when there was less corrosion in the larger culture and the mainline Protestants were more orthodox), say, around 1900, a Pope had issued the same decrees on religious liberty and ecumenism and the existing services were at least partly translated, much like what 1950s American Anglo-Catholic Episcopalians were doing and what Western Rite Orthodox do today: the Anglo-Catholics' English Missal for example. That includes Low Masses (not ideal but the reason they dominated is the people wanted them) with good, classic Protestant hymns (talk about the right kind of ecumenism and inculturation).
Of course none of that solves the IMO one irreconcilable difference between Rome and the Orthodox (the scope of the Pope: Is the Pope a divinely instituted office channelling the church's infallibility and with universal jurisdiction or a man-made rank of the infallible church's episcopate for the good order of the church? Central command or a loose communion of bishops with a shared faith?) but no V2 would have left Rome with much more in common with the Orthodox.
Pope Benedict's doing a lot of good.
Cranmer was a theological nutcase but as a 16th-century Christian he shared a Godward worldview with the Catholic Church and he had a talent for prose. Anglo-Catholics starting about 100 years ago often translated the Roman service books in his style; their work is Rome's for the asking (Western Rite Orthodox use it). Day explained why the English-speaking RCs didn't adopt it.