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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 14/11/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Benedict XVI at the general audience in the Paul VI Hall this  morning (AP)

Benedict XVI at the general audience in the Paul VI Hall this morning (AP)

“Before being a moral or ethical value, Christianity is the experience of love,” Benedict XVI said at the general audience this morning (full text, video).

The Vatican Secretariat of State has approved the creation of a new office for liturgical music, art and architecture, reports Andrea Tornielli.

The US bishops gave their backing to the Cause of Dorothy Day at their plenary meeting yesterday, but rejected a draft statement on the economy.

A teacher was shot dead as she left evening Mass in Bongao in the Philippines yesterday.

George Weigel calls for “a serious debate within American Catholicism on whether the Church ought not pre-emptively withdraw from the civil marriage business“.

Mark Shea welcomes the launch of a website billed as “the Catholic alternative to“.

And Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is planning to replace its famous bells for the first time in 156 years.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • Lewispbuckingham

    ‘creation of a new office for liturgical music ‘with
    ‘fresh impetus to promote the sacred liturgy’
    The changeover to the ‘new’ English translation and the decision by publishers to bring out new editions caused a lot of needless difficulty for our choir.
    In our modern world and using a pc we can download any music in the printed form from the net and pay for it.
    What we need is an open source of Catholic liturgical music, downloadable so we can print it off, use it at mass, and not have some police type problem with its use.
     Any diocese could set up its own site .When any music is commissioned, say for the successful world youth days, pay the author a fee one off and put it on the web.
    Have competitions for music the winner gets a prize and it goes on the web.
    Start crowd sourcing.Put up all the hymns that are out of copyright, or have copyright simply because some publisher bound them and put a typeface on them and charges a fortune for us to buy them, together with a whole lot of other hymns we never use, a bit like the old days when you had to buy a whole record just to get the track you wanted.
     The music needs to be affordable, per copy print, royalty problems sorted and open sourced or paid for one off by purchase of one copy for liturgical use so no music police in church.
     This would mean fresh impetus.

  • paulpriest

    The Parish Web Store [Catholic version of Amazon] won’t go very far if its main recommendation for Apologetics is Ivereigh’s latest…God help us all…