Those popes who bear the name, "Pius," are the greatest guardians of the Church against heresy. This blog is a watchdog for modernism in the Church. In reality, outside this blog, the members of the board temper their criticisms and opinions with prudence and charity so as to help souls in their journey towards Christ. But sometimes, for the sake of their own sanity, the authors of this blog just need to blow off some steam. The result is Totus Pius.

29 June 2006

Even popes who don't take "Pius" can be awesome

Our friends at The Shrine of the Holy Whapping posted a news clip regarding Pope Benedict XVI on guitars at Mass. Apparently, after restoring Domenico Bartolucci as director of music at the Sistine Chapel (our distinguished collegue, Papa Venerabilis Pius XII, appointed him for life before he was removed by John Paul II so that the music might be "modernized"), Pope Benedict gave a speech calling for a return to the directives of the Church regarding sacred music and the silencing of guitars during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The highlight: "It is possible to modernize 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."

8 comments:

Papa Venerabilis Pius XII said...

We have high hopes for Our successor, especially in liturgical matters. Hopefully, this directive is the first of many regarding the Sacred Liturgy. Enforcement of such directives, however, is always an issue in these troubled times. We are also pleased to see the return of Our Maestro di capella, Msgr. Bartolucci.

Dinger said...

Question for the panel: It seems to me that many contemporary Catholic Churches today are built without organs and really without a place to put one, i.e. no choir loft, disgusting amplitheater configuration, etc. How should the Church act in regards to all of these brand new churches that have been build post-Vat II without any regard to liturgical music?

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

Tear them down.

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

And then burn them.

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

And then use the ground as mass "graves" for suicides, apostates, and all others who deserve not Christian burial.

Papa Sanctus Pius X said...

Dinger,

We strongly believe that there is no quick fix for this problem. The church must be a suitable house of worship for God and lead the worshippers toward participation in the Holy Sacrifice. Churches that don't fit these requirements should undergo construction.
In regard to the organ specifically, we decreed in our proclamation on sacred music that the organ is the only acceptable instrument in church, but that it should always take second place to the voices in the schola and also that it is not necessary. Thus, if the only problem is an organ, we find no problem signing a capella.

Mary Ann said...

We have a "home organ." It is smaller than an upright piano, runs on electricity and has built-in speakers. It could never approach the beauty of a pipe organ, but it's a option. Two of the shrines I frequent use them.

Emily said...

The necessity for an organ, generally, stems from the need to keep the schola on pitch, which is a real problem. A small organ, playing a continuo just loud enough for the schola or cantor to maintain pitch, would solve this problem well enough.