HERE IS NO COMPARISON between modern churches—often ugly and utilitarian—and the Gothic cathedrals. The profound faith of Catholic architects of the Middle Ages motivated them to spend incredible amounts of extra time & money creating magnificent structures meant to glorify God and edify the faithful. An internet meme demonstrates this in a powerful way.
Even Solesmes was influenced by the “utilitarian” movement of the mid-20th century. Compare their 1908 Graduale with their 1961 Graduale:
Did you notice how the music was left untouched, but they carefully eliminated all the beautiful artwork?