Yesterday, some students from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila interviewed me for an article on Universae Ecclesiae [Father, I presume these are guys from The V]. When the conversation tackled the issue of Ad Orientem, I asked the students: To whom does the priest offer the Sacred Liturgy, to God or to the people? Without carefully thinking, the students unanimously answered: "The people!" [AAAAAHHH!!! My eyes!] They were surprised when, using the Ordo Missae, I pointed out to them how the prayers were addressed to the Lord and not to the people [Whether in the TLM or the Novus Ordo, ALL PRAYERS ARE OFFERED TO GOD. Common sense, Tigers... tsk]. No matter how much the Holy See insists on the fact that the Liturgy is always directed Ad Deum, it seems that such is not immediately picked up by the average Catholic. The reason for this? It is the celebration of the Mass versus populum [Kulang sa catechesis. Period]. I agree with Dom Mark Kirby of Vultus Christi when he said that "Mass facing the people is the single greatest obstacle to the Reform" of the Liturgy.
I was disappointed to these interviewers. Looks like they forgot what they learned from their Theology classes.