Welcome & Three Reasons

Lots of incoming visitors from a few good blogs coming to verify if the Marty Haugen comment was authentic, or looking at maps, or wondering about the sorry state of liturgical music. Welcome to all of you. We have the best, more erudite, and well-behaved commentariat in all of St Blog’s. Feel free to join in on anything, anytime.

I noticed the Curt Jester is one site pondering the “Marty Haugen speaks” note we got the other night. Usually Jeff is on the ball with hyperlinks and such–don’t know why he didn’t want to link here. Taint of heresy, maybe. 

From his commentariat, one hand-wringing priest writes:

Somehow musicians and pastors must experience the spiritual and aesthetic horror of contemporary Catholic music and refuse to inflict it any longer on their parishioners. But how such an awakening can be achieved I do not know.

If such an “awakening” isn’t happening it’s quite possible that contemporary music isn’t the horror it’s made out to be.

On the other hand, there are three easy reasons why you can’t blame music publishers, composers, Protestants, Vatican II, the Consilium, NPM, or your weird neighbor down the street:

1. Many Catholic priests and their parishes don’t want good music.

2. They often resent paying for what music they do get.

3. They don’t know what they’re missing.

By the way, did you notice the early edition of Glory & Praise on the floor in front of St Cecilia in the image above? Four centuries ago and Carlo Saraceni nailed the future of liturgical music.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Welcome & Three Reasons

  1. Gavin says:

    I’d argue that such an “awakening” IS happening. The growing CMAA, the rise of jobs like mine, and the pope’s writings are evidence of it. The majority of young(er) people involved in church music are turning to chant, and even old parishes are flirting with it. If the most we wind up with is a lot of churches with the Sanctus and Agnus Dei from the Requiem Mass during Lent, that’s still a change.

    1. Many Catholic priests and their parishes don’t want good music.

    2. They often resent paying for what music they do get.

    Isn’t that the truth. I recently made the point to a friend that just because a priest is orthodox doesn’t mean he’ll be a good boss. I recall Fr. Z mentioning some time ago a priest who suddenly (the morning of) celebrated an OF Mass entirely in Latin and demanded the organist, who had been there forever and not done any chant, play the requisite Latin chant parts. Of course I’m capable of such a drastic immediate change, but still the priest was a jerk for demanding it.

    And lest we should think my generation is the salvation of the Church, most of us were raised on going to the 45 minute Saturday Mass and having no involvement in music even so far as picking up a hymnal. Fixing the music is the easy part; the hard part will be getting American pewsitters out of this centuries-old “I checked off on Mass this week, that’s all I have to do” attitude.

  2. Brian says:


    I was the first one to post Haugen’s comment and I linked to you. When the established bloggers picked it up, I posted comments there crediting you as the source.

    I don’t get it. This is why I want to bring the two sides on my show.

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