First, let me the say that I stand by the bishops and agree with the explicit reforms (i.e. the new mass translation, etc.) coming out of the Vatican II Council. My issue arises with “popular catholic culture”. For me, the Church is God’s holy institution, and should be treated with all proper respect, ceremony, etc.
When these “catholic” songs, however, that are put to rock/pop beats are broadcasted on the radio and/or television, my stomach literally churns. I may be way off, but when you take holy and sacrosanct concepts like God, the eucharist, etc., and stick them into this form of music, it seems to me that the person is actually degrading those very ideas. For me, this new catholic music is a terrible “innovation”, straying way off course from any Church teaching, tradition, etc. ’
One final note. These songs seem to mirror (albeit, the ideas beyond them are different, but the format is the same) those songs of Baptist, and other Protestant traditions. When I go to mass, I like to feel that I have entered a Roman Catholic Church, not a Baptist convention center!