The USCCB posted the new music document online. Go read, if you wish, and return with comments. I suppose we’ll eventually get around to a reading of it here. Maybe sooner rather than later.
Have cursorily reviewed the document, my initial impressions are:
1. While there was an effort to weave in a deeper “concept” to undergird the particular guidelines, the guidelines themselves betray a patchwork quality. I appreciate the emphasis on some things that have not been as squarely addressed before (like acoustics and compensation, to just cite 2 examples). But the document still has things in it that betray a failure to reconcile with ROman legislation, and to that extent must be reckoned incomplete and confusing.
2. In one way the document has made for somewhat greater clarity overall: it renders MCW and LMT moot, because of the clearly stated intention to supercede prior conference statements on music. This document is advisory rather than particular law, but displaces whatever was legislative in nature in the superceded documents. To that extent, this now means that we are no longer faced with a battle between Roman and American legislation, just Roman legislation on the one hand and advisory guidelines on the other. I have a feeling that people may be caught unawares about this result, though it may well explain why the bishops ended up OKing it.
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