Having done some searches on here, I stipulate that trying to get people on this board to agree about liturgical music is like herding cats. And I certainly have my favorites and not-so-favorites coughTomConrycough.
I certainly glean that the prevailing sense on here is that contemporary praise and worship music (“I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever”, “I Will Call Upon The Lord”, “What A Mighty God We Serve”, etc.) have no place in Mass.
I want to know why, because I don’t see what’s wrong with them as a whole. It’s not like these songs are assuming the persona of God, but they sing praise to God. (Now some songs, like “Breathe”, are ridiculous; that one makes me think solely of Faith Hill and her secular song of the same name.)
Is it because they sound too “Protestant”? (Did you know that Catholics like Jim Cowan and George Misulia write them too?)
Is it because they use such horrific instruments as guitars and drums? (I’m a former P&W liturgical group leader and guitarist. And my understanding is that the introduction of the organ to the liturgy raised a ruckus way back in the day.)
Is it because they’re “irreverent”? (As if praising God were irreverent; just ask King David.)
Is it because they’re too “emotional”?
Or is this seen as another “fad” that will pass (Ray Repp and Jack Miffleton, call your office)?
FYI, I also love and have sung chant and “traditional” hymns (see my sig), and I’m not crazy about the GIA/OCP Liturgical-Musical Complex. I just want to understand the hostility to P&W. I’m willing to be taught here.