So what basically happened is that to OP attended one of the worst possible examples of a Roman Catholic Mass and then judged an entire church's liturgical practices based on this bad egg.
Yep, that sounds about right.
Shultz, that sort of RC Mass has been common for close to 25 years. I grew up Catholic experiencing that sort of Mass. Guitar Masses were the rage when I was in college (late 80s/early 90s - I'm 42, to give you an idea of time frame). Many, many RCs from my generation left the RCC and haven't gone back. Our Catholic religious education meant essentially that we received no religious ed. I went to Catholic high school from 8th grade through high school graduation. One year in high school, our daily religious ed class was "peace and justice." The RCC was obviously more concerned about apartheid in South Africa than teaching us anything about the faith.
I was an Episcopalian before I knew the word "transubstantiation." It's a rather important word in the Catholic faith, yet it was never taught to us. I found it in the 39 Articles, classic statements of Anglican faith from the Reformation, where it was referred to as "popish superstition."
I've been to various Catholic services (weddings, etc.) since I left the RCC and they were all very Protestant. Weddings were not exactly joyous experiences, at least not even compared with Episcopalian ones. Gunny sack vestments at every single one. The music was very Protestant.
Listen to the Q&A shows Catholic Answers has online. Plenty of people call in about liturgical abuses and the lack of reverence at Mass in many parishes.
I'm old enough (born in 1969) that I was actually baptized under the Tridentine Rite (aka in Latin). Women with lace doilies on their heads and everything.
Age and number of Catholic services attended, Masses or weddings or whatever, do not equate with a deep understanding for any particular rite or type of Mass. (I know *plenty* of Catholics and
Orthodox who, having been raised in their faith have but a very superficial understanding of that faith and it's various observances and celebrations.) Having said that, at least you have a far more experience and understanding about Catholicism than the OP, and therefore some basis for comparison, criticism, and discernment. He, on the other hand, seems totally content to, out of ignorance, prejudice, and mean-spiritedness, take his first and only experience of a N.O. Mass to find an opportunity to bash Catholics and their worship. *That* is the point I was making and that Schultz, using other words, appears to have seconded.
And, just because the OP was wrong about reverence when *he* was a Protestant....means nothing. Nothing in relation to what a Catholic, or for that matter, an Orthodox or a Jew, or whatever, might or might not experience in their own tradition. The Catholic N.O. Mass may have been "far, far from being fulfilling in terms of worship" for *him*, but how dare he speak for millions and millions of other people?? Especially based on a single experience! Now, that really *is* arrogance!