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."