When it came to liturgical reform, one group of Catholics read Vatican II as a invitation to see what they could get away with and the other read it as a mistake that needed to be ignored, explained away, or interpreted as human and fallible words. The first group took no notice of the calls for balance, e.g. work in the vernacular and preserve Latin as the norm; experiment with new styles of music and ensure a pride of place to Gregorian chant; reform all elements of sacred architecture and set up schools of sacred art, etc. The second group does not make the slightest effort to suggest or impliment any reforms in the Tridentine liturgy, even extremely minimal ones: a greater promotion of the Missa cum populo (or merely encouraging the people to respond with the altar servers), petitioning to have the readings read in the vernacular, maybe even (gasp!) a simplification of the Kyrie or Domine non sum dignus. The problem is not that the liturgical manual is what it is, but that there is an extreme hardness of heart on the part of traditionalists to suggest even minimal attempts to be faithful to the demands of the Council.
What is needed is – and how would we even start? – to read Vatican II as the work of the Holy Spirit. We’re probably still too close to it for this to happen – some Council fathers are still alive and have a hard time relating to the documents except as the works of men and the world. As much as I like Ratzinger, for example, he usually seems to speak of the Council in this way.