How 'bout a “hip-hop Mass”? Or a “death metal Mass”? I’m sure there has been an “avant-garde Mass”…
I’m slowing “turning the corner” in regards to the NO Mass - I used to be a supporter of it, as it allows the Mass to be tailored to fit any culture, but the problem is that then people expect the Church itself to be tailored to fit it’s culture.
We need to return to a VERY rigid structure of the Mass, one that doesn’t allow for bluegrass, dancers, tambourines, etc. Something very plain and straightforward, a Mass that shouldn’t take longer than an hour, and then have some sort of religious and cultural education afterward that everyone is “invited” (REQUIRED) to attend (with that being said, make sure the people teaching the classes are as strictly monitored as the structure of the Mass).
Anyway, I see Catholicism dying in the United States due to people’s lack of a Catholic Culture and understanding of the Faith. If we want to save the Church in the USofA, it has to start in fighting the “Americanism” of the NO Mass and the “Americanism” of our Catholic Culture and Heritage.