VS. REFORMIST RETRO
I’ve been involved in Catholic liturgical music since before I was a Catholic. In fact, my participation in playing (and later, writing) music for Mass helped to confirm the call I felt to the Church.
Steeped in Protestant musical traditions, and encountering Catholic worship at a time when the post-Vatican “folk” style was ascendant, my perspective on the role of singing in church is atypical. I don’t share the memories of those worshipers old enough to have experienced the preconcilliar liturgy. Nor do I feel the sense of having been deprived of my tradition which some younger Catholics express.
At the same time, I do have a deep respect for the canon of sacred music, for chant, and for other elements of our Catholic liturgical heritage.
I bring my singular perspective to bear in an essay — running currently at the online journal, ChurchPop — that examines the ongoing controversy over liturgical music. Take a few minutes to check it out here…
…and then come back to share your thoughts in the comments section below.