Checking a few internet sites, I ran across a most interesting thread at a church music site. One commenter there:
This thread is a bad look for the forum.
The thread in question is titled, “Bishop Schneider Speaks Out,” and it deals with skepticism on the pandemic. Maybe there are a lot of things about which to be skeptical. Government response: too much, but especially too slow. The current system of medical care and health insurance. China. The value of “spiritual communion” versus full and active participation.
Full disclosure here: I have found a few people associated with CMAA to be sound, helpful, friendly, and professional. For the most part, the forum is a simmering pot of nonsense disguised as outrage, envy, conspiracy theories, and bad temper.
I found a sensible comment in the midst of it all:
Your views on music and liturgy are not credible to many, including people like me who happen share the same tastes for music/liturgy, but especially to pastors. You wonder why there isn’t more plainchant or polyphony in the celebration of Catholic liturgy – look in the mirror. Read your own posts.
This was my experience prior to the renewal of permission for unreformed liturgy. Latin Mass devotees were among the dissidents in my home diocese. They did as they pleased whenever they could find sympathetic clergy, and they gave Latin, chant, and old music a bad name.
A musician either has to associate with people who accept reality and live in the 21st Century, but support the worst in music, or associate with people who support the best in music but are rotten to the core in every other way. Sad.
A damning assessment, and not really true. It might also be the increasingly rarefied circles in which I find myself. But many church musicians provide a steady stream of good music for their parishes. And I mean good music, well done, that most of the people can sing most of the time. And at the right time of the liturgy.
When I was in campus ministry, I knew a few students who would lean to traditional music, including chant. If any of them had been so inclined to go deeper into it, I would not have encouraged their involvement in the CMAA. I would have sent them to Collegeville in Minnesota.
My assessment hasn’t changed. The loss of people like my friend Charles has impoverished the organization. And he was just one soul.