Saturday, January 28, 2006

AND CARDINAL ARINZE AGREES! (Addendum to previous post)

This from Jeffrey Tucker at Musica Sacra. This is an actual insight by none other than Francis Cardinal Arinze, in an interview with Inside the Vatican.

Here's a quote from the good Cardinal on guitar:
"I will not now pronounce and say never guitar. That would be rather severe. But much of guitar music may not be suitable at all for the Mass. Yet, it is possible to think of some guitar music that would be suitable, not as the ordinary one we get every time, the visit of a special group, etc."

Of course, that "ordinary one we get every time" is referring to the pop and folk and even rock styles of guitar used.

Here's the affirmation:
"But not individuals just composing anything and singing it in church. This is not right at all."

Still awaiting the results of a good crackdown from Rome, I remain peacefully,


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if there will be a crackdown. Benedict seems to want to do things pastorally and peacefully, I guess because some feel of the possibility of a schism (which would absolutely be disasterous). The Vatican needs to clarify things in regards to how the liturgy is celebrated, and then make the priests and bishops teach the difference between musical styles for the Mass. - Can't wait to get out of the desert of the last 40 years.

Gerald Augustinus said...

Gloria in excelsis Deo!