Friday, November 12, 2010

Pope reprimands Italian Bishops

Some of my worst experiences of liturgy happen in Italy; "the youth" singing badly through a microphone, over amped guitars, trite hymns rather than liturgical chant, percussive rhythms, all accompanying priests who are incapable of silence ad libbing at every opportunity, assisted at times by sister or more "youth", so often set in beautiful church with bad modern furnishings. It can be ghastly.

Sandro Magister identifies Italian bishops as being the strongest opponents of the Benedictine liturgical reforms, and says the Pope has given them a severe reprimand.



I do want to state that under no circumstances do I want 'happy clappy' guitars in a church. As far as I am concerned they have had 40 years to get it right and lets face it they haven't!

I think that there should be a change to orthodoxy which I keep predicting will happen in the next 50 years and, let's face it, is happening already. Our liberal bishops have already started losing battles for the first time in living memory.

I do however, think that the Latin Mass Society/Traditional priest can't win the battle out right. So I am suggesting a return to orthodoxy in church However, lets update the extra-liturgical activities. This way the Latin people/traditionalists are happy and the 'modern lot' are happy as well. There is no place for guitars in a church. But, the bishops will have to accommodate 'the modern lot' some how! Oh and I do expect the bishops to put the money up to organise it. If they want to lose the 'liturgically liberal' tag they are going to have to pay for it. Also, I do expect whatever they do to be high quality. Yes, I am am asking a lot IT CAN BE DONE!

I have said as much today in one of my replies at

I consider myself one of the Traditional/'New traditional' crowd but, there has to be balance and everyone has to be accommodated!

gemoftheocean said...

'singing badly through a microphone, over amped guitars,'

You'd prefer good singing through a microphone and guitars that weren't overamped? :-D

Guitars in church are all the fault of that Austrian priest whose organ gave up the ghost on Christmas. [I can't stand Silent Night...or is it just me? There is no Christmas song more treacly and vomit inducing to me. I'd sooner hear 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.']

As for drums and tambourines in Church, I think the only solution is summary execution by firing squad, out of fashion as that is. And don't even go there if the cantor announces 'Our gathering song will be....' It's enough to make one look at one's watch and say: 'if I get the hell out of here now, I can just make it to Saint X's before the offertory.'

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