And so, the answer of these cultists is to despise the "smells and bells" as if they are an accretion to the Catholic Faith.
I have wondered in the past that in this great crisis was it necessary to have elaborate ceremonial and various Gregorian chant. There are cases when the singing is almost non-stop and you have to sit and stand quite often, all this hardly conducive to prayer. I have actually seen priests in the sanctuary gesturing to the faithful to sit. Once, during the Asperges, the priest paused by a kneeling faithful and got him to stand up. Why?. Over the years Mass centers have evolved into parishes of sorts, the fight against Modernism and the errors of Vatican II has been forgotten, and, of course, canonical recognition by the very Modernists has become the all consuming interest.
YES, the smells and bells aren't EVERYTHING. If that is ALL you have (e.g., the Indult), then you are in trouble. The Crisis in the Church is about the whole Catholic Faith, not just the Mass.
But NO, that doesn't mean the "smells and bells" are worthless or to be despised. After all, these Catholic trappings are one of the things that separate us from the iconoclastic Protestants -- and the Novus Ordo Conciliar religion! In those false religions, everything is plain, banal, and reeking of profane, day-to-day life.
As Bp. Zendejas has said, "The Catholic Faith is a habit of life." in other words, it's something to be PRACTICED and LIVED. As St. James said, "Faith without works is dead."And let NONE OF US FORGET:The Novus Ordo did not get to where it is today by starting out with a bunch of doctrinal heresies.
No, it was the other way around. (After introducing ambiguities into the Vatican II documents themselves,) they got things started by changing the Mass and everything about it, neglecting Our Lady, neglecting the sacrificial aspect of the Mass, ceasing to use a sacred language, changing the sermons, ignoring entire doctrines... and the heresies developed on their own later. The Conciliar Church never came out and said, "There's no such thing as Purgatory." No, they just replaced the Requiem Mass with the Mass of Christian Burial which uses white vestments, and let the priests capitulate to human respect by eulogizing and de-facto canonizing the departed ones.
NOTE: I'm not making the common mistake of picking out just one member and acting like he represents the larger group. In this particular case, the attitude (above) comes from the very top: Fr. Pfeiffer himself. Remember Fr. Pfeiffer's sermon a couple years ago about putting a Rosary under one's pillow to be saved? And he LOVES the Japanese "hidden Christians", using them as a model for his current flock.