This is an excellent article, an excellent 'primer' of sorts. I attended Catholic school just as Vatican II was trickling down to rural areas like mine. I remember making my First Holy Communion kneeling at the altar rail. And the boys in my 3rd grade class, over half volunteered to be altar boys, which meant learning Latin. Just a few years later, altar rails and Latin, gone, Folk groups replacing organ music. We learned from the nuns about the Mass, and then there were changes in the teachings, and then changes of the changes, which left many that I know not understanding at all or confused, despite our early years with the nuns. It's great to have this refresher course. I'm bookmarking this to share and can't wait for part 2. Thanks, NYer!
Ditto .... though I was a few years ahead of you. However your point is well taken. As I commented on another thread, in our pre VCII classes, we were told that only the priest could touch the Consecrated host. That concept was burned into our brains with a branding iron! Post VCII, when they switched to communion in the hand, suddenly ladies with painted nails and dripping with jewelry were dipping their claws into the communion cups. I NEVER adjusted and, frighteningly found myself beginning to question the Real Presence of Christ, once this change occured. But God is merciful! He delivered me from this plague of overly perfumed men handing out communion to a very devout and humble priest and a Church where communion is by intinction and only placed on the tongue by the priest.
Hang in there! With B-16 at the helm, expect to see changes soon. The Holy Spirit has heard our cries and raised Ratzinger up as successor to St. Peter. I have great faith and confidence in him.