The hand-wringing continues over the musical choices for the Pope2008 liturgy in Washington next month. The commentariat seems to have gotten over their Marty Haugen fervor, turning the vicious pen to the “dumbed down songs,” the “liar and a thief” of a music director, the “American bishops (and/or their liturgical apparatchiks) … flipping the bird to Catholic tradition, liturgical norms, and to the holy father (sic)” and the brilliant conclusion, “Cancelling would be an EXCELLENT move at this point.”
We have the philosophy of reform2 in a nutshell: stamp one’s feet and scream, “My way or no way!”
Jeffrey Tucker sums up the angst:
To those who would complain, the Archdiocese assures us as follows: “The musical program for the Mass was chosen by an archdiocesan committee, with approval from the Vatican.”
And that is that.
And on the six candlestick front:
After all our hard work in our parishes (“this is what the Holy Father wants us to do” etc.), and I’m going to have to fight off whiny parishioners for weeks (months, years?) complaining, “…but they approved that music for the POPE…”
Live by papal example, die by papal example …
But it does make me wonder about Pope Benedict’s reaction were he to read a transcript of one of these threads. Worship in the traditional format has the surplices and cassocks all straightened, but it doesn’t seem to elevate Catholics in the higher virtues. You know: those encyclical topics. Something like hope. Or love.