Musical Ping Pong: It’s An Old Game

I note and commend a newcomer to the blogosphere, Jerry Galipeau. His site, Gotta Sing, Gotta Pray has already drawn the attention of some reform2 musicians. Jerry is an editor with WLP (one of the Big Three or Bad Three, depending on your outlook) so it will be useful, I think, to read the perspectives of someone who is steeped in liturgical publishing.

He’s been discussing the oft-visited issue of utilizing modern musical forms from the secular sphere for liturgy. Same ol’ discussion, but with a new character in the cast:

What I did not want to do with this blog was enter into a kind of ping-pong game, exchanging volleys of liturgical and conciliar documents until someone’s paddle missed the ball and the other person simply “won.”


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Musical Ping Pong: It’s An Old Game

  1. Anne says:

    Thanks for the link to Doctor Galipeau’s blog. I find his posts very refreshing! So good to hear from someone who still believes that the reform is an on-going process.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the link: that is a perspective worth viewing.

  3. JC says:

    Funny how both WLP and GIA are based out of the state of Illinois, a state whose diocese are so corrupt they inspired the formation of Roman Catholic Faithful, and were one of the few areas of agreement between Malachi Martin and Andrew Greeley.

  4. Todd says:

    JC, two things would help your posts. When you toss out bombs like this, a little knowledge of history helps. Geography, too. Many businesses moved to Chicago in the last century because of shipping issues. The Gregorian Institute of America, founded in Pittsburgh, moved to the Midwest in the 60’s I believe.

    There are actually six dioceses in Illinois, but I think you’re talking about Chicago, no? My take is that individuals: bishops, clergy, laity are corrupt. When you discuss dioceses, you’re talking about churches, and while there can be a perception of institutional problems–a point of agreement you would share with liberals about institutional dysfunction–the condition would be parallel with Rome. And no doubt, there is good that can come from such situations.

    Cardinal Cody is notorious in most circles, and yes, he was in Chicago.

    However, without proof or substantive back-up here, “corrupt” becomes another malleable adjective meaning “what I don’t like.” My daughter would call mushrooms “corrupt,” by your line of thinking.

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