Question of the Day for Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Q. I am in the music ministry at our parish. It seems that we are getting restrictions with regard to music, such as that it must come from the hymnal. However, some of the songs in the hymnal did not begin as “Catholic” songs and — yet — are approved for singing in our church. Also, some priests are now telling their ministers to follow the music line in the missalette rather than make up their own for the responsorial psalm, the reason being given that the Church wants unity in all its churches. I do not understand how it matters if all churches have exactly the same thing or not — people cannot be in two places at once! I’m getting the feeling that our Church no longer feels that God speaks through the very individuals He creates.
T.B., Gainesville, Texas
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
It seems to me that the real issue here is not music, but governance in the Church. In other words, can the bishop govern the celebration of the sacraments in his diocese? Does he have the authority to govern even the music that is performed at Mass? The Church says yes he does and yes he can. You and I may not like it, but ultimately it comes down to faith: Do we trust that Jesus Christ is alive and well and active in the Church and guides the decisions of the bishops?
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