Opening the Book on Bishops Meeting

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.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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5 Responses to Opening the Book on Bishops Meeting

  1. Gavin says:

    I, for one, will be rather interested to see what comes out of this. It seems to me a black list is simply not exhaustive and frankly they wouldn’t have the balls to outright ban a lot of the stuff that they could. Also, a “have it or else” list… it just seems anyone else should be making decisions about that. I nominate myself. Anyone second that? I mean, what’s going to be on this thing? Ave Maris Stella and Sponsa Christi? Or is it going to be Eagle’s Wings and Be Not Afraid (and I don’t mean the Mendelssohn setting!!)

    Here’s an idea: let’s just use the extant official Catholic hymnal – the Roman Gradual. All the other denominations actually USE their official hymnals, why can’t we?

  2. Liam says:

    If Rome sticks to LA, the idea of core repertoire that merely co-exists with other non-approved liturgical texts is not going to fly.

  3. Brigid says:

    I did watch a bit here yesterday: live ewtn

    I enjoyed the questions from the Hispanic bishops. Again, folks, what’t the largest growing Catholic population in some dioceses? Yeah. Uh-huh.

    Also, I loved the mention of the fact that the USCCB is one the first conferences to actually “tackle” this issue. Someone commented that the others are “watching with interest” because the US is a multi-cultural mix. As always, the USCCB is watched by all in the Church, just as all else USA!

  4. Tony says:

    Go back to chant. You can download full masses royalty free from the internet. We doan need no steenkin’ publishers :)

  5. Gavin says:

    Well, Tony, my boss and I got into an interesting ethical discussion when I suggested we purchase Kyriales for the choir. It was about whether or not it’s morally acceptable to copy the Ordinary chants instead of buying the Solesmes editions. Technically, it’s legal, but shouldn’t we still pay the monks (or whoever gets the money) for their work? It’s a tough call, and I hate having my job consist of making copies on other peoples’ copy codes (probably immoral).

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