If you are like me, you cringe every time a “hymn” from the “big four” at Oregon Catholic Press is sung during Mass: Marty Haugan, Dan Schutte, David Haas, and Michael Joncas. The music is very unsingable, the words often undermine Catholic teachings, and they seem to lower the Catholic Church to the level of secularism. I’m not saying that all “new music” is bad, but a large chunk of it is garbage.
In his book, The Spirit of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2000), Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger states clearly that popular music does not belong at Mass. The music is supposed to elevate our souls to unison with heaven - I do not experience that when listening to OCP hymns.
By the way, I grew up in the post-Vatican II world and used to cantor songs from “Glory and Praise” - I used to like this stuff. After much reflection, I feel the new hymns are contributing to the loss of faith in the church.