Category Archives: Liturgical Music

CDCN Positive Proposal #3: Strong Lay Leadership

The concerned musicians offer a third positive proposal: 3. If children are to appreciate the beauty of music and art, if they are to understand the importance of the liturgy as fons et culmen of the life of the Church, … Continue reading

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CDCN Positive Proposal #2: Children

Bringing children into a liturgical discussion is a good idea. Let’s read from the concerned musicians: 2. It is necessary that the education to good taste in music and liturgy start with children. Often educators without musical training believe that … Continue reading

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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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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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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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