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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Understanding the Papal Mass Music

If anyone saw the papal mass today, you might have a combination of shame and embarassment.

Over at The New Liturgical Movement there is a wonderful discussion of this debacle.

Here is a taste:

In the name of "multiculturalism," the Pope was subjected to music more suitable to dingy dance halls than Churches. The Psalms of David were distorted to the point of ear-splitting dissonance. The congos, pan flutes, meringue rhythms, the jazz and blues and rock, the swaggering vocals, the puffed-up soloing, went beyond even the most pessimistic predictions.

Indeed, when Marty Haugen's Mass of Creation finally came on at the Sanctus, it was a moment of dignity—so much so that I want to take back all my negative comments back when I thought that this Mass setting was unsuitable for a Papal Mass. I don't think anyone knew before this what the phrase "unsuitable" could really mean.

I personally feel the greatest hurt toward American Catholics of diverse races and ethnicities, who have been quite viciously caricatured here. How wounded they must personally feel by this presentation done in their name.


Check it out.

UPDATE:

The blogsphere is united in the opinion about yesterday's mass. The message of the music was, "It's all about ME! (Opps, I mean WE!)"

Christ was forgotten in the music, so too was the meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (Not to mention Benedict XVI's clear writings about the subject).

Either this is a turning point, the last disco mass, or it is a sign that our culture has completely collapsed.

There was an earthquake in the midwest last night, could this event and the terrible papal music be related?


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