Just a few points from my friends in the CMAA.
First, they’ve completed their twentieth Colloquium, so good work on a good week of renewal with the music they love.
On the other hand, I’m trying to discern what Jeffrey Tucker’s real problem is. GIA’s monopoly is a problem, but not because stuff isn’t free. Or because it’s inexpensive. Is it because the road to the psalms now goes through Chicago? Is it a problem because traditionalist money is now mixing it up with guys who are supposedly homosexuals and have weird-looking smiles? Or who are UCC Christians? Or worst of all, with music they would have screaming nightmares about being forced to perform?
I would like to be sympathetic. Honest. I think big music conferences have become too market-driven, and I know that some of the best church music being composed today isn’t being published anywhere. I would like to see a more open environment for creativity. But when I see a comment like this:
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the short cut to assessment of what a religious individual or organisation is trying to sell you is the cheesiness of the photo in the publicity material.
I’m more inclined to think the chief sin engaged here is envy. Not somebody else’s greed.
However, what was it about the St. Louis Jesuits that caused so many of them to leave not only the priesthood, but for any practical purposes, the Church? When I look at the SLJs, I don’t see much of an example worth imitating.
I had to laugh at the ignorance of the Society of Jesus, and the SLJ’s in particular here. I’m sure Mr Schutte’s detractors want to believe he is seducing people away from sexual purity through his music. I don’t doubt that the perception is that music with guitars seduced priests away from their service to the Church. But the truth can be found in the scorecard. Six men had “SJ” after their name in the various NALR recordings and sheet music in the 70′s. Four were ordained as priests and all still are Jesuit clergy. Two left the order before they were ordained.
I think there is a place to publicly question people about what they say and do in the name of God and the Church. I can’t believe that CMAA and its members are exempt from this. So I have to ask the question: do you seriously think chat like this makes CMAA attractive? Maybe two hundred fifty souls in Pittsburgh can change the world and you don’t need anybody else. If so, more power to ya.