Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Is This Really That Important?

The Pope has demanded an end to electric guitars and modern music in church and a return to traditional choirs. "It is possible to modernise holy music," the Pope said, at a concert conducted by Domenico Bartolucci the director of music at the Sistine Chapel. "But it should not happen outside the traditional path of Gregorian chants or sacred polyphonic choral music."

Well it is nice to know that Benedict is seeking out the really key issues to address in his papacy. After all, why deal with issues of sexual misconduct, or a celibate priesthood, or divergent theologies, or AIDS, or Darfur, or human suffering. There's music to fight over!

Why do we churches get riled up over the small stuff while the big stuff goes untouched?


  1. Yes, it's the Flag-Burning Amendment of the Catholic Church.

  2. Hey, the United Church of Canada doesn't need a papal announcement to cling to "the traditional path of...sacred plyphonal choral music"!

  3. Echoing Peter, nor does the Methodist Church in the UK, though Wesleyan Hymns are obviously standard here!