It’s almost an oxymoron. See Phil Lawler’s description of an 11 minute mass (!!) he attended. I don’t think he should have been shocked. I’ve seen a similar thing (if not so extreme) in the majority of Catholic parishes I’ve visited in the US (especially in New England). The attitude is, get it over with quick, don’t sing, don’t bother preaching (just tell a couple jokes and call it a “homily”).
The book, Why Catholics Can’t Sing, blames the Irish. Seems appropriate.
What do you think, Liam? 🙂