The eloquent, precocious and highly readable (if a little insane) young Patricius, has reproduced a photograph which I too find pretty dreadful.
How can four priests saying Mass be a horrific picture? Well, nobody would disagree that four priests saying Mass dressed as clowns or surrounded by oversized puppets does not do justice to Holy Mass and insults the dignity of the Mass more than usual. But why should a pre-VII photie with yards of good man-lace and altar boys in decent cottas with decent haircuts cause offence? (BTW: I wonder if God is offended? We like the brats that we are, feel righteous indignation for our Father, but it doesn’t mean the Father feels the same.)
To me the photograph does show something very wrong. The building itself, it is far too utilitarian. The picture looks like it could stretch on for miles, an aircraft hangar length room full of priests all saying Mass before a wall of white gloss paint and under the glare of tungsten filament bulbs in naff shades. This doesn’t mean Mass has to be said in a church, but Mass facing a blank wall in this fashion can not possibly make it easy for the angels to surround it with glory.
The question still remains; what does the picture show? Is it Mass in some pre-VII priestly penitentiary or asylum? Is it liturgical training school? Or is it actors learning how to portray priests? The picture is very wrong in many ways.