By now you have probably heard about the Superbowl "Seahawk Mass." The Bear won't belabor the wrongness of this. Res ipsa loqitur, as the lawyers say.
Here is the root cause of liturgical abuse, and novel "pastoral solutions" to everything, Many clerics forget that the holy sacrifice of the Mass, and the Church herself do not belong to them.
The Church is not a stage for egotists to play out their amateur theatrics or delusions of grandeur. The people who criticized Pope Francis from the get-go for his failure to adhere to tradition might have been premature, but they were right. The small stuff matters. For want of a nail, and all that.
The Bear cannot fathom how anyone who has the slightest understanding of and respect for the Mass could turn it into pep rally. (It didn't even work, the Bear adds.) What a titanic ego! But this is just one example of the chief problem in today's Church: people who think the Mass and everything else is their personal play toy or experiment.
Can you imagine this happening at a traditional Latin Mass?
No, you cannot. It is an impossibility.
Some day, all of this will be no more than an unpleasant memory. The Superbowl and Soccer Ball Church simply cannot survive. It has cut itself off from the Vine and shall assuredly wither. Protestants do this schtick better, and eventually most Catholics will trickle away from the Church into their local evangelical worship centers.
Yet there will always be a faithful remnant who will be ready when that time comes.
And I will leave me seven thousand men in Israel, whose knees have not been bowed before Baal, and every mouth that hath not worshipped him kissing the hands.
1 Kings 19:18.