Popes have the authority to change the liturgy, even significantly, as was already done in the early Church by Gelasius or Gregory the Great, Thomas Pink, professor at King's College London, told Gloria.tv at the Roman Forum in Gardone, Italy.
For Pink, the problem with Paul VI's liturgical reform is that it was "incompetent" because the Novus Ordo had “bad effects terms of piety”. This was disastrous because the liturgy is about promoting piety and worshipping God in a way that pleases Him.
The main problems of the Novus Ordo, for Pink, are presiding towards the pews, the abolition of silence during the Roman Canon, and the omission of important elements such as exorcisms, promoting the illusion that the Church can live in peace with the world.
Between Vatican I (1870) and Vatican II (1963-65) the leading theological opinion, dating back to the 16th century, was that popes teach when they legislate and that a universal law given by a pope is infallible, but Pink disagrees.
As an example, he cites the papal law that Christians should keep to themselves and have no contact with Jews, even for relatives. Paul IV established a Roman ghetto in 1559. Such legislation, Pink argues, implies hostility towards people who should instead be persuaded to convert.
Under Paul IV, priests who disobeyed these laws would probably have been in a dungeon, Pink suggests. He believes that this is "more than perhaps Francis will do" to priests who object to his homosexualism (Are you sure?). “Being extremely unhappy with the authority of a particular pope is nothing new”, Pink concludes.
He calls Francis' actions "ambiguous" and inconsistent with Catholic teaching. Francis teaches word salad and, worse, is an incompetent legislator (e.g. Amoris Laetitia).
Pink's résumé of Francis' Church, “I think it's probably be better to lose confidence in the present management.”