To chant or not to chant at Catholic mass. The issue is joined.

In midst of explaining why Gregorian chant is the truly spiritual worship music, this:

In contrast, the style of Praise & Worship songs is obviously contemporary, American, and secular. If missionaries were to impose these songs on some indigenous tribe elsewhere in the world, it would be comparable to asking them to dress, eat, and talk like Americans. It is, in that sense, comparable to jeans, Coca-Cola, and iPhones.

Which is fine with mainstream liturgists, but indefensible, this author argues.

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  • Dennis Byrne  On April 7, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    In grade school (Sacred Heart in Winnetka) an associate pastor regularly had us practicing Gregorian chant. Actually forced it down our throats. Is it any wonder that it never caught on anywhere else? I’m not against it; I just don’t want to hear it or sing it. Uninspiring. And not the best that the faithful are capable of offering up to their God.


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