From James V. Schall The Culture of Modernity
in Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
The liturgy has always been a way to elevate even the lowliest of believers, sometimes the only way available to them, so that a de-emphasis of beauty in music, buildings, and language, in the name of ease to understand or comprehend faith, has the unfortunate result of eliminating the main channel by which people can escape from a deadening common culture whose principles are the opposite of this elevation to beauty.
He footnotes Josef Cardinal Ratzinger for having made the same point in The Spirit of the Liturgy.
This has puzzled me also as to why our churches and the liturgy have to be equalized with the culture. That churches can look like conference rooms or when you enter a gym you consider genuflecting until you realize that it isn’t a church. That the music has ot be poppy enough to have purple dinosaurs singing it. That there is a fear that if there is any element that departs too much from the culture around us that we will be disturbed. That actual exposure to beauty and transcendence will be like a diver coming up to fast. That we will get the liturgical bends if we depart from the ugly and the banal of societal pressurization that we have come to live with.