An infantile tone presenting watered-down doctrine is preventing people from taking the Catholic Church seriously.
Recently, a bishop played a ukulele during a confirmation Mass in Detroit. Judging by the number of subscribers who commented on the incident, it caused quite a stir amongst ChurchMilitant.com viewers.
As "The Download" panel notes, the particular bishop is not being singled out as if he did something out of the ordinary. They point out that precisely because it's not out of the ordinary there is cause for such concern.
The use of gimmicks at Mass, such as playing a ukulele to stimulate or excite the emotions of what sadly could then be called an audience, is one aspect of the problem. Gimmicks are common today, such as light shows, telling jokes, lapsing into pointless stories and bringing people into the sanctuary for the sake of participation.
People at this particular Mass said playing a ukulele would've been more appropriate around a campfire or in a preschool classroom. Several people noted the incident was not promoting an attitude of childlike simplicity but rather a spirit of childishness.
The panelists, some of whom witnessed the incident in person, also commented on the tone used by the celebrant throughout the liturgy. It was a tone all too common today in the Church of Nice, a tone that one would hear used by Mr. Rogers singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" to all the good little boys and girls.
The tone is generally accompanied by watered-down doctrine, but what little doctrine is there can't be taken seriously when the homilist preaches in such an infantile tone. As noted by the panel many times, the intent is always to be as inoffensive as possible.
The faithful have been alienated over the last 50 years by childish Catholicism, one that stimulates emotions rather than informing the mind, one that seeks not to offend rather than to convert, and one that focuses on man instead of God and His teaching. Unless the mentality behind the Church of Nice tone is changed, the numbers attending Mass will continue to decline.
Watch the panel discuss the disastrous effects that infantile tone and mentality have on churchgoers on "The Download—Childish Catholicism."