As I surfed the net, I unexpectedly landed into a website maintained by Traditionalist Catholics http://www.traditioninaction.org. There were many articles in this site which essentially are criticisms of the Novus Ordo Mass and I think of the Catholic Church as well. One of the articles that caught my attention was the one entitled Rocking Passionist Priests. In it were shown pictures of Passionist seminarians described as “dancing to a pulsating rock song alongside the lay people assisting at the Mass.” It also added further that “It is an example showing how the seriousness that should be present in following the renewal of the Sacrifice of Calvary was abandoned in the New Church.”
They provided a link to the actual video which I followed and surprisingly, I found out the description of the video which says that “the background music is not really the actual song used during the event. this is actually an action song prior to a lenten talk given by passionist priests to energize the faithful…”
So here, there are actually two facts which were wrongly provided by the article. First, that this happened within the Mass. It’s not, it happened prior to a Lenten talk. Second, that they were dancing to a pulsating rock song. Again it’s not, they were dancing to an action song to energize the faithful prior to the talk.
I too agree that proper seriousness and solemnity must be present in following the celebration of the Eucharist as the article asserted. However, I hope they would take time to provide the actual facts.