I asked Bishop Kyrillos Katerelos, Professor of theology at Athens University what he understood by the idea of organic development of the liturgy. He said, "Nothing! it is an alien concept in the Orthodox world, the liturgy is a given".
To an Orthodox priest, who I drank far too much Armagnac with, I once said, "We agree on the necessity of the Petrine ministry in the Church of the first millennium, you understand it is was exercised by the Bishop of Rome, so why not be reconciled to Rome".
His response, "How could I be reconciled to a Bishop who thinks he is the Lord of the Church, rather than its servant... to a bishop who with the stroke of a pen, one morning, can sweep away two millennia of liturgical tradition".
One of the reasons I find Pope Benedict so impressive, truly great, is that from the very beginning of his Papacy he has seen himself as a servant orf the Church and its theology, not its "Lord" not its master, and certainly not its inventor.
The following quoted by Fr Z from an article by John Casey who is lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge takes up these thoughts:
I once interviewed the Patriarch of Antioch, in Damascus. I asked His Beatitude whether he, like the Bishop of Rome, believed he had power radically to alter the liturgy. "Oh yes, we have authority in liturgical matters. And in 1,500 years we did once alter a prayer."
Clearly the idea of virtually inventing a new rite had never entered the Patriarch’s head. (The so-called "Tridentine’’ rite was not invented by the Council of Trent, but was a codification of the Roman rite which dated back many centuries.) The question all along was whether pope and bishops really do have such authority. One distinguished Catholic thinker judged that there was no such sweeping power, that liturgy had its own authority based on immemorial tradition, and that the pope’s authority in liturgy "is at the service of Sacred Tradition." The same thinker even dared to describe the new mass as "no re-animation but devastation… fabricated liturgy… banal-on-the-spot product." The man who wrote those words is now Pope Benedict XVI. The Cardinals elected Ratzinger knowing that these were his convictions. It cannot have been done in a fit of absence of mind.