Dear Choir Director: Let’s Make a Deal

Church music

I try hard not to be a cranky Catholic.  I may have a personal preference, but I can appreciate all kinds of worship styles, even those that some folks regard with disdain:  Organ and guitar.  Choir and community.  Gregorian chant and David Haas vocals.  Latin and vernacular.I do have one issue, though, which no one from the post-Vatican II era of the St. Louis Jesuits seems to understand:  I can't pray over the sound of pop music.That means that as I approach to receive communion, as I r … [Read more...]

SPLAT! Music Industry Goes Whole-Hog Anti-Faith With These Two New Releases

Kristeen Young, "Pearl of a Girl"

You've heard the old saw that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice?We've seen that played out in the music industry this week, as two rabidly anti-Catholic numbers hit the news:  First, that downright nasty performance by Kristeen Young on the Late, Late Show; and now, Tom Petty's release of a new, hitting-below-the-belt number which chastises the Catholic Church for the abuse crisis. *     *     *     *     *First, there's the abrasive feminist piano-banging rocker Kr … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Stratford Caldecott, “Marvel” of Catholicism

Stratford Caldecott

I just heard the sad news:  Catholic writer Stratford Caldecott has died today of prostate cancer."Strat" Caldecott, the G.K. Chesterton Research Fellow at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford, was a giant in the Catholic world.  Among his many credits, he served on the editorial board of the International Theological Journal Communio, as well as the Catholic Truth Society.  He was co-editor for Magnificat UK, and he published his own literary journal Second Spring.  Caldecott was involved with T&T C … [Read more...]


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