Hmm i wouldnt exactly call it Baal worship but it certainly seems as its heading that way...i dont see why your all so up in arms...the Catholic Church has always assimilated pagan objects unto themselves, protestant churches for that matter. well Take Egypt im sure you all consider Ancient egyptian's relgion pagan and the Obelisk which represents the male phallux. Why does the vatican have one in there very courtyard...well im sure mounting a Cross on it makes it holy...the same could be argued for this Ceremony. *rollseyes* Many more such as Holidays could be said still the list goes on. Oh and yes to the one who said That a modest Mass was not befitting of the lord of the Universe... no amount of Pomp and earthly splendor would impress the Lord of the Universe the most modest would impress him the same as a solid gold cathedral service complete with platinum pews. Jesus drank from a mere wooden cup born in a manger....carpenter..not the highest paying job in the world. Im sure if we preferred the good life he would have came as a Caesar or heck....maybe not even have came at all god can do anything....hede work something out.
The question is whether we better meet Christ in the Mass by soaring up to Him through the splendor of art and music, or by dragging Him down into our own pedestrian, workaday world. These New Agers and Vatican II "innovators" would replace holy intimacy with Christ with an unbecoming familiarity which discourages reverence in the face of mystery and extinguishes a sense of sacredness.