Compare and contrtast these tow videos, one is a group of Irish charismatics, the other is Cardinal Pell celebrating Pontifical Mass at the Throne, they come from two very diferent traditions, yet both are Catholic. Indeed many would assume the charismatics to be more part of present Catholicism than the Pontifical Mass.
I spent quite some time with someone who had "Wee Free roots" in Rome, I took him to St Peter's early in the morning, just after it had opened, when it is a place of worship rather than a tourist attraction. He had visited before but was obviously impressed by the sheer majesty of the interior. I think what impressed him too was the number of Masses being quietly said at the sidealtars, what always impresses me is for the most part they are prayerful.
I can't help but reflect that the most important development that has shaped our understanding of the liturgy over the past 75 years is the microphone. The "Wee Free" tradition, like all Protestant worship, places the sermon: teaching and hearing at its centre. Catholic worship places actio at its heart.
In response to an earlier post there were a series of comments on what is "Traditional Catholic Spirituality", I think a lot has to do with the use of the mike, with who is being communicated with, which words are most important, those spoken to God or those spoken to the community. What would have happened if the technology had existed to amplify sound before Trent? I mean by using something other than the pulpit sounding board, or individual or choral singing. Would Latin as the liturgical language have survived so long?