Amy and her posse are all over the first day of the USCCB powwow in Baltimore. The liturgy stuff naturally get my interest.
First, the usual fussing about publishers: why not just let the hammer fall on ‘em, says the commentariat.
My understanding is that the publishers provide a service to Catholics in the US. The USCCB doesn’t have the publishing capacity to put a hymnal or missalette in every pew in the land. So they rely on other folks to do it for them. And the local parish picks up the tab. The Big Three have been in on Liturgiam Authenticam and Ordo Missae discussions from day one. They will continue to be regarded as partners, not heretics, for the simple reason that bishops are pragmatists. They know the toughest fight will be retraining the clergy–those clergy who in some parts distrust bishops for playing the sex scandals at two extremes.
Bishop Trautmann said that what they are moving towards is not a White List of acceptable songs, but a “core” or “common” repertoire of (and these are his numbers) 60-100 hymns that must be included in every Catholic hymnal or worship (aid).
I’m sure the editors of Adoremus Hymnal II is going to love this. On a serious note, I also wonder if the USCCB will pony up to buy anything of these 60-100 with an active copyright to grease the process. Like they aren’t going to need to cultivate those relationships with publishers.
During a press conference, the document on ministry to homosexuals:
The USAToday reporter seemed to think she had a gotcha moment when she asked, “So the people who are being cared for were not consulted?” And Bishop S. said, “Not directly.”
Looks like the big G to me.
I think you can watch this meeting tomorrow on EWTN. Find a link or something; I have too many meetings during my day.