It’s good to have an open mind, but don’t let your brain fall out. I taught these songs to my parish many years ago. The tunes were catchy and I wanted to bring our parish up to date with neighboring parishes, since we didn’t have OCP hymnals. I was a new convert from another parish that used this stuff exclusively, and I ran on the false assumption that “Catholic” hymnals were fully approved by the Church.
After having studied theology for several years and having been exposed to traditional Catholic hymnody, chant, and polyphony, I deeply regret having taught them the songs. I have an open mind, and there are certain (very few) contemporary hymns I will use. I’ll listen to any unfamiliar song and evaluate it’s theological accuracy and melodic sense. Most contemporary songs share two commonalities: sappy, dated music based on popular easy-listening music from the 1970’s, and a theological content that is often vague (Gather Us In, Anthem), careless (The Supper of the Lord), or just plain wrong (Ashes, Sing a New Church). Anything that attributes words to Jesus or His Father that are not found in Scripture should be avoided.
Having a catchy tune or happy lyrics simply isn’t enough to qualify for the worship of God in the Holy Mass. Anything used at Mass should be a higher grade than pedestrian.
NB: Regarding “On Eagle’s Wings,” what was Fr. Joncas thinking when he began his hymn on a 7th?