Interesting comment from Pope Francis related on PrayTell.
There was talk of a ritual reform, to open to rites. This is within the competence of the Congregation for Divine Worship, and it can do so following the criteria, and I know they can do very well …
European cultures developed rites, Mozarabic, Sarum, Ambrosian, etc.. These arose from the mixing of cultures in the final days of the Western Roman Empire and in the centuries afterward. Rome absorbed a lot of good ideas that were once on the fringes–like individual/private confession.
Ideally, cultures from around the world would contribute to the Roman Rite. Starting with an overarching expression of liturgical unity, local churches could then choose, add, or create elements that suit the needs of the people. What might that be? The ways of expressing the prayers of the rite: fitting translations into the vernacular, employing poets to produce new texts, composers for new music in appropriate genres, architecture and art.
As long as the Roman Rite retains a post-conciliar flexibility, I’d like to be convinced we need separate rites as such. Perhaps a few of you readers are surprised at that opinion that comes from me.
Image credit of the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora da Conceição in Manaus: By JLPizzol – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43496406