I've never been to a clown Mass and there are only a few that are photographed that traditionalist bloggers like to trot out to show how poorly the reform of the Mass after Vatican II has gone.
But the biggest problem with the reform, which could have happened to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass if it had remained the Ordinary Form is the added stuff that is placed on the Mass in a manipulative way.
And what is this extra junk that could compromise the EF Mass as it has the Ordinary Form?
1. Music sung in an entertainment fashion that is better for "America's Got Talent" than for the Holy Sacrifice, especially during the penitential season of Lent. This procession in the video below filmed on Friday could easily be added to an EF Mass with all the antics of entertainment and instrumentation!
2. Liturgical movement and dance better left to the cultures where it has some religious significance and isn't entertainment and thus an add on. Where is the noble simplicity in this and a penitential attitude during Lent?
3. The Procession and its song, no matter how corrupt for the Mass, is nonetheless the beginning of Mass and is meant to set the mood of prayer, adoration and praise that should not be interrupted by what the Archbishop does immediately after the Sign of the Cross and greeting. He completely breaks the prayer of the Mass by his introduction and the silly applause of the cheerleader congregation and the various greeting to the celebrities at Mass. This is the greatest corruption of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that really can't happen in the EF Mass--this breaking of the spirit of prayer for secular banter and introductions accompanied by hoots, howls and applause!
4. There is arrogance in this Mass on the part of the ministers and their style of leading the Mass and the entertainment of them by their entertaining quality of singing. This arrogance is the antithesis of the true spirituality of the Mass one of humble acknowledgement of the divine, with head and body bowed rather than pagan cultic rites of exuberance.
5. In this multi-cultural environment there is no Latin that could bridge the nationalities and languages.
This is entertainment that Hollywood has led, masked as prayer and is the number one enemy of the Liturgy in the modern day, not clown Masses! There is a element of being stuck in the 1970's with the liturgical movement, the dressing of the altar and the exaltation of the placement of the bishop's chair at the highest apex of this space with the altar hidden much lower than the bishop. This Mass highlights the problem of the liturgy today. Will there ever be an exodus from this or is it simply a remnant that won't go away until it dies its last old age breath?