I witnessed many RC rites in the parish I grew up, played with guitars, drums and children singing Allelujah shaking and clapping their hands as if they were at a gospel concert... This has chased many Catholics away from the Church. It has made me look elsewhere for "genuine" worship.
As my professor of philosophy always said: Abyssus abyssum clamat...
On the question of Hebrew Catholicism, I just wonder why they didn't adopt the more genuine "Divine Liturgy of st James". After all, it was developped after Jewish worship by one of the most important Judeo Christians of the Apostolic Age...
In Christ, Alex
To tell you the truth, I can't stand these guitar Masses. It drives me nuts because it's nothing like what I grew up with. Might as well be a Lutheran!
I think that people in the Vatican need to overhaul the hippie-influenced Mass. Better yet, make the Extraordinary Latin Mass the norm, and the hippie Mass the eccentric, extra-extraordinary Mass for those that like that kind of stuff.
Sorry, but this makes me express the way I feel about the modern Mass and it seems no one in the upper echolon is listening.
Contrary to rumors, the Holy See isn't all powerful. They can't police every parish, of which there are 220,000
worldwide.. What you describe isn't
a legitimate option but rather is a liturgical abuse.
Catholics, when they see abuses, are to speak to the priest about them. If that fails to resolve the problem, Catholics are to report abuses to their local bishop. Failing that, they are then to report to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome.
Or, if someone wishes to remain passive, he can simply go to another parish. There are 220,000 choices.
I do not take seriously anyone who leaves for another communion simply because he was not happy with the liturgy at his parish.
All that said, certainly there are serious problems with the liturgy in many places. The Holy See is working hard at fixing this, along with increasing numbers of bishops and priests. The laity also
must play a part.
One of the better websites to watch this liturgical renewal unfold is here: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/
Another good one: wdtprs.com