This is a bit more advanced than “Just Say Wait,” and the remark from Fr Ruff that this withdrawal is unprecedented. Lest you think I feel heartened in any way by this, let me state I think this is a lose-lose situation for MR3, if it happens to affect the new Missal at all.
1. If by some chance MR3 is withdrawn, it will embolden any disgruntled group of Catholics that will think we’ve shifted to governance by petitionocracy. Of course, some parishes run that system anyway. Just ask their pastors how effective that sort of administration can be. The key, of course, is to consult widely and wisely before big undertakings.
2. Maybe a few fence-sitting pastors who otherwise don’t want to be bothered with implementation will think, “Huh. If the pope’s own brothers can send the document back to the CDWDS and say, ‘no, thanks,’ then maybe I could too.” Serious liturgical priests won’t be budged by this at all, nor should they be.
3. More likely the MR3 delay is to smooth over the more objectionable parts of the Missal. This just gets everybody frustrated, professionals and cheerleaders both.
Nobody comes off looking very good in all this. Publishers, pastors, liturgists, and bishops who are putting their credibility on the line can’t be thinking well of these sorts of developments. You get the idea Roman bureaucrats just wave their red pens for a few hours each morning, take an afternoon siesta, and sit around drinking Italian vintages and smoking cigars after dinner.
Competence is at issue here. Are the people doing the work able to do good work, for the glory of God and the good of the Church? And if not, maybe they need to be discerned to other ministry in the Church where their gifts can be put to better use, and the rest of us spared future obstacles.