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Saturday, 19 December 2009


An old thread at Organ-ic Chemist, a commentator, JP, had a wonderful little minature, a snapshot of a far-too-common interaction between progressives, and those mired in the past (the ''70s,):
the only complainer was a baby boomer -- she was always "concerned" that "the people wouldn't understand". And she was a teacher, ironically. I always countered her by saying "as a teacher you know what clears up an inability to understand?...teaching".[emphasis added]
Nota bene, chief liturgists et al, instead of saying "Wait," maybe you could, um... teach.


Charles said...

Would that've been our fave, Herr Pennington?

Anonymous said...

Why do I know that name?
Was he the cathedral MD who used to blog on Christus Vincit?

Charles, did you ever post on the GIA boards until hackers forced them to shut them down?

I think he posted there, too.

But I just loved that: teaching.

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Charles said...

A partial yes to the first (not a cathedral DM, but a highly respected DM from a prominent parish whose pastor was then elevated to the local bishopric. No to the second-JP and I are expatriates from another board of another publishing house.
I believe I last read posts under his name at the Contemporary Catholic Music board.
He also attended the 05 Colloquium.

Scelata said...

Of course, now I remember -- the Holy Hand Grenade figured in some his last posts at Christus Vincit.

And there was new pastor trouble - I think VoxFeminae, (who doesn't blog as much as I wish she would!) sang at his parish before moving to Texas?

I'm thinking "pastor trouble" is the running theme of Christus Vincit.

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Charles said...

It pains me to ascribe an MO attending CV, but an apparent disposition of either "Holier than thou" (revised text) or "Damned gar-in-teed Holier Catholic than the rest of y'all" as their credo since inception.
G, remember it said here first, "Ortho-cleansing as a means to the end of purifying the Church down to the 144K, seems not at all what God had in (His omniscient) mind when condescending to be human."
We should advocate orthodoxy and praxis whilst representing His Church. We ought not set ourselves at the head of table as judge, jury and exocutioner deciding who makes the cut.
It would be no surprise were it made known that "JP" left CV because of such hubris.

Scelata said...

Well, I have a whole lifetime's worth of planks to take dispose of, but a thought has occurred to me.

I know I am not the only Catholic liturgical musician who felt great relief to discover, via the internet, that yes, there WERE like-minded people out there, things WERE changing.

But we may also have been dangerously emboldened.

I think some of us may have had moments of imagining that things were changing a touch faster than they actually were, of forgetting that regardless of the sensibilities of PapaRatz, or the actual verifiable words of pertinent official documents, we were still subject to whoever ruled the roost in our own particular hen house.

Han Solo's advice was good: don't get cocky, kid.

And the recent thread on the MusicaSacra board had some good advice about not airing dirty linen, (especially since it is impossible to know the laundering proclivities of potential employers.)

Enough silly metaphors! Suffice to say, I must remember that promoting bad music doesn't make one bad, and loving good music certainly does not make one good.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Charles said...