"For nearly 2,000 years, until the Second Vatican Council, the Church had predominantly worshiped her Lord and Savior at altars oriented to the East because she believed that it was from this direction that He would return in glory. The historical liturgy of Christendom had always been cosmic, and for them this was the direction of heaven. Thus, by facing East Christians—both priest and layman alike—were able to participate in the mystical liturgy of heaven."
Hmm you think there's a reason they want them to face east? Why should it matter?
Ratzinger even wrote about this saying it was a long held tradition:
"Five years before he became Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger wrote that, notwithstanding various liturgical innovations, “one thing has remained clear for the whole of Christendom: praying towards the east is a tradition that goes back to the beginning.” As he wrote in The Spirit of the Liturgy:
The common turning toward the east was not a “celebration toward the wall;” it did not mean that the priest “had his back to the people.” . . . For just as the congregation in the synagogue looked together toward Jerusalem, so in the Christian liturgy the congregation looked together “toward the Lord.” . . . They did not close themselves into a circle; they did not gaze at one another; but as the pilgrim People of God they set off for the Oriens, for the Christ who comes to meet us."
And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Isn't this a clear direction in the Bible NOT to worship facing the east? What do you think? The sun worship is immense.