Hmmm, apparently some Catholic bloggers are attempting to treat clown masses as if they were urban myths. They are not. My bride and I wrote a letter protesting such a Mass given at a diocesan get together in Springfield, Illinois back in 1984. That was put together under the aegis of Bishop Daniel Ryan. Go here to read about his colorful history. Go here to read about a current example of a clown mass with an archbishop.
Now is a clown mass the biggest liturgical problem in the Church? Of course not. A far bigger problem is that around the globe the sacrifice of the Mass for the past half century has often been celebrated with all the awe and beauty of a Tupperware party held in a gymnasium. However, the mentality of the clown mass is the same behind the banal ugliness that affects the Church today in regard to the Mass: a loss of the sense of sacredness and awe that should surround everything we do at Mass as we worship the Creator of the Universe.