Back in 2006 the Holy Father made a statement concerning the secular music forms being presented at Masses around the world today.
He asked that full attention be given to abiding by the strictures of Vatican II that strongly stated that traditional plainchant and the organ should be the main base of church music.
Why, then is Pope Benedict's more than reasonable request being ignored?
I can only make a guess as to why and that is, the power of the parish council or, if there is a nun in charge of church liturgy, then, almost certainly, she will be the root cause.
The issue of church music is a touchy one. Some years ago when I attended the NO Mass I was asked to write a short piece for the parish mag.
I thoughtfully wrote a few hundred words that carried the heading "Heavy Metal or Choirs of Angels?"
It was a sensitive piece in my usual style (?) but it was promptly consigned to the round file never to appear again.
Parishioners want to be the arbiter as to what takes place musically at Mass and all too often the PP is afraid to stick his head over the parapet and say "No."
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Yet the Holy Father has quite clearly said that he wants an end to guitar Masses and to modern 'unliturgical' music, while being fully in favour of modern music in church provided that it reflects the purpose of its use.
Here is the report from 2006 as it appeared in The Daily Telegraph..........
Silence modern music in church, says Pope
So just what part of "Don't do it" do parish priests not understand?