Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Agnus Dei redux

As Pope Benedict XVI visits the U.S., Thomas Day, author of "Why Catholics Can't Sing: the Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste" (1990), revisits the ongoing controversy over musical style in modern worship.

Day's prescription: "Pick plain, simple music. Plain, square hymns with reasonable accompaniment. And listen to silence occasionally." (Sounds good to me, especially the last part.)

More on American Catholics' struggle to settle on the right musical tone for the Mass, and a surprising generational divide, from Hank Stuever in The Washington Post: