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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/11/12

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

By on Friday, 23 November 2012

Archbishop Brown presents his credentials to the President of Ireland in February

Archbishop Brown presents his credentials to the President of Ireland in February

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown received “a rapturous welcome” at the Irish parliament last week, a year after prime minister Enda Kenny denounced the Vatican in a speech there.

The Australian bishops are expected to make their submission today on the terms of reference of the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse.

Church leaders from the world’s most dangerous countries will meet in Rome in May to discuss conflict resolution, 50 years after John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris.

A new Academy of Sacred Music will be launched in Scotland tonight to combat what its founder calls the “lousy music sung in Catholic churches”.

Jean-Louis de la Vaissière previews tomorrow’s consistory creating six new non-European cardinals.

Kamila Kocialkowska profiles the Vatican cardinal who is “so popular there is currently a two-year waiting list” to hear him speak.

And a Tibetan Buddhist nun describes her surprising journey back to the Catholic faith.

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

  • Nat_ons

    ‘A new Academy of Sacred Music will be launched in Scotland tonight to combat what its founder calls the “lousy music sung in Catholic churches”.’

    Not before time, sadly. What must be recalled, however, is that the ultra-now-hip Folksy Mass music was intended to do the same (often replacing dirge like renditions of pleasant, devotionally-geared but equally unliturgical hymnody). The real enemy – as with so much that needs sincere ‘reformation’ – lies in episcopcal negligence .. and especially the lack of understanding or level of ignorance in oversight; allowing as it did D-I-Y liturgies and experiments even before the Second Vatican Council - and gradually approving them (after it).

    Of course bishops are generally extremely thankful to anyone who makes an effort, and rightfully so, being busy men .. so ‘music’, ‘art’, ‘beauty’ are for the most part mere esoteric fripperies (compared to Red Hats or priestly indiscipline).

    As for the genuine Folk Mass - taking common folk music (even popular melodies) and setting the Liturgy to them – there is not one jot wrong with them .. consider polyphonic ‘L’homme armé’ Mass settings by Josquin et al.

    What is lacking – for the greater part – is talent, excellence, sympathy for a specifically liturgical worship of God (totally unlike personality focused praise services) .. yet haunting, ethereal, angelic sounds are possible.

    Josquin Des Prez: Missa l’Homme Armé Sexti Toni 5. Agnus Dei

  • Michaël de Verteuil

     I was looking forward to reading ‘a Tibetan Buddhist nun describes her surprising journey back to the Catholic faith,’ only to find that the linked posting just mentions her reconciliation in passing in yet another paean to Buddhist-style meditation. This is possibly of legitimate interest to some, but in North America we call this a ‘bait and switch.’

  • Lewispbuckingham

    ‘Sacred music will be launched’
     Hope they put it on the net as open source or fee per copy of music with open rights to perform in litergical, not for profit, ceremonies.