One should not be too quick to downgrade the manner in which the Holy Father celebrates Mass. It would help those who criticize the Holy Father to either avail themselves of the books that he has written about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or read his homilies.
The celebrant should not be the main focus of the Mass. According to Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the secretary to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (whom I was privileged to here when I was in St. Louis):
Let us face it, all of us priests, bishops, and even cardinals, are human beings and so the temptation to place ourselves at the center makes us feel good — what I call “ego pampering”.
None of us is exempt from this, and now with the Missa versus populum [Mass facing the people], that danger is even greater. Facing the people increases chances of dis-attention and distraction from what we do at the altar, and the temptation for showmanship. In a beautiful article written by a German author, the following comments were made on the subject:
While in the past, the priest functioned as the anonymous go-between, the first among the faithful, facing God and not the people, representative of all and together with them offering the sacrifice … today he is a distinct person, with personal characteristics, his personal life style, his face turned towards the people. For many priests this change is a temptation they cannot handle … to them, the level of success in their performance is a measure of their personal power and thus the indicator of their feeling of personal security and self assurance.
(K.G. Rey, Pubertaetserscheinungen in der Katholischen Kirche [Signs of Puberty in the Catholic Church] Kritische Texte, Benzinger, Vol 4, p. 25).
The priest here, as we can see, becomes the main actor playing out a drama with other actors on a platform- like place, and the more creative and dramatic they become, the more they feel a sense of ego satisfaction. But, where can Christ be in all of this?
This is not to say that Archbishop Dolan was doing that. Yes, his focus was on the Holy Sacrifice. Furthermore, he strove to provide a proper example as to how the Mass should be celebrated. As Archbishop Ranjith rightly observed:
Besides, as Sacramentum Caritatis indicates, bishops have to be not only the guides of their community in this matter, but also personally examples of the dignified celebration of the liturgy, especially in their own cathedrals (cf. Sac. Car. 39).
Every bishop should long for the day when he could see in his priests truly holy men, loving the Lord so much that they cannot wait a moment longer to celebrate their next Holy Mass for they wish to be the alter Christus to their people — offering themselves up for their salvation.
However, to denigrate what the Holy Father is doing is to not fully understand the reason behind it. Furthermore, regarding the issue of drums, one of the previous posters had the right observation. As mystified noted:
There is a world of difference between the use of percussion instruments as part of the music in the installation Mass of Abp. Dolan, and the deafening pounding of “jungle drums” so often heard in our churches in the past forty years.
There is also a huge difference between the percussion used at the Archbishop’s installation Mass and a full drum kit akin to what one would hear at a rock concert.