Monthly Archives: April 2017

CDCN Positive Proposal #1: Re-Affirming Chant, Polyphony, and the Pipe Organ

Too often I read massive criticisms of the Church, from most any ideological viewpoint, with no suggestions for improvement. I might disagree with a diagnosis or treatment, but I would still commend any group that puts out proposals for moving forward. … Continue reading

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CDCN: Remuneration

The sixth and final point of “the current situation” from the statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum treats the issue of money. Do we pay for what we get? 6. We also see the problem of inadequate (at times, unjust) remuneration … Continue reading

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Who Orbits?

From Pope Francis’s TED talk this week: How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion. How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 118: (24), 1 & 4, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29

When I served at the student center, a Spring wedding wasn’t uncommon. That often meant an Easter season liturgy. It came up once or twice: the suggestion to use the 118th Psalm, a frequent song of the early Sundays of … Continue reading

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CDCN: Clericalism

The fifth point on the statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum‘s assessment of the “current situation” deals with clericalism. I found this point to be somewhat confused, as the charge is laid: Another cause of the decadence of sacred music is … Continue reading

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Keep ‘Em Guessing

On my facebook page this morning, recommendations to join these groups: Traditional Orthodoxy and Ultimate Lesbians. Also something suggesting I go for a hot air balloon ride in Sweden. Only 20 000 kronor. I make it a habit to minimize my … Continue reading

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CDCN: Disdain for Tradition

Picking up on the perceived rejection of plainsong, more from the statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum: 4. This disdain for Gregorian chant and traditional repertoires is one sign of a much bigger problem, that of disdain for Tradition. Sacrosanctum Concilium … Continue reading

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Preludes

Are Catholics uncaring of organ repertoire as suggested here? Katharine Harmon speculates: I was asked by a student today, “I just don’t understand why we need to have organ repertoire.  When would you ever use it?”  I stared at the … Continue reading

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Not For Lilies Only

I heard a few parishioner comments in favor of multiple angiosperm species being used for interior decoration this Easter season. Not just lilies. Art & Environment isn’t under my purview at my parish, but I like this notion all the … Continue reading

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CDCN: The Challenges of Renewal

The statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum, in their third point considering “The Current Situation,” looks to the problem of “a ‘renewal’ that does not reflect Church teaching but rather serves their own agenda, worldview, and interests.” I would say that these … Continue reading

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Earth From Apollo 17

The iconic image from the last astronauts to return from the moon. Reminds me of this song from Missa Gaia. And the great medieval saint, Hildegard of Bingen: Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at … Continue reading

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CDCN: Secularism, Commercialism, Anthropocentrism

More from the statement Cantate Domino Canticum Novum. In their second of six analyses of “The Current Situation,” the concerned musicians level criticism at aspects of the liturgy they believe has adopted too much of the qualities of contemporary culture. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: SF That Often Doesn’t Get Finished

I’ve had a particularly difficult time reading science fiction these days. A few days ago someone in real life asked me for a recommendation, and I struggled to think of one. I remember a passage in a recent novel of … Continue reading

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CDCN: Singing The Mass

Continuing our look at Cantate Domino Canticum Novum, the concerned church musicians outline the first of six concerns. They write of “a loss of understanding of the ‘musical shape of the liturgy,’ that is, that music is an inherent part … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Sirius

Jonathan Crown’s 2014 first novel, translated into English has been on my bookshelf for a few weeks. This week I finished it. How would I describe the book? It’s a really good read. One reviewer called it “a beautiful fairy tale … Continue reading

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