We continue Vatican II’s examination of liturgical norms with the first of four sections devoted to “adapting the Liturgy to the culture and traditions of peoples.”
Even in the liturgy, the Church has no wish to impose a rigid uniformity in matters which do not implicate the faith or the good of the whole community; rather does she respect and foster the genius and talents of the various races and peoples. Anything in these peoples’ way of life which is not indissolubly bound up with superstition and error she studies with sympathy and, if possible, preserves intact. Sometimes in fact she admits such things into the liturgy itself, so long as they harmonize with its true and authentic spirit.
For us Americans (for example) the question is often raised: does this apply to us? Good question. In a way, we are more strongly derived from European sensibility. Some would say we’re just Europeans on a different continent. Australians, too, I guess. But does this “new” continent possess for us something that has substantially developed our culture of ancestry to the point where we’re essentially experiencing something totally new? I leave it to the commentariat to take it fromt here, if you care.