Jimmy Mac sent me this editorial piece by Sandro Magister suggesting the pope does not walk the talk on good liturgical music. Summing up:
In other words, it remains incomprehensible why (Pope Benedict) should have decided to decline a few simple practical decisions that were and are fully within his grasp, in a field like this, which he sees as so crucial and on which he has very clear ideas. And why he has left such decisions to men who, seeing what they do, certainly are not helping him in his effort to restore light and the “splendor of truth,” including musical, to the Catholic liturgy.
I don’t have a dog in this fight, really. Some people follow the pope’s example, but papal liturgies are pretty far from the universe in which I serve. My goal is to get the choir of the assembly singing. The quality of the choir is important, and it’s always good to strive for the best possible artistic presentation of music. But the true mark of any fruitful music ministry is how it engages the spiritual life of the people, including how they sing and respond at liturgy.