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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pope upholds primacy of Gregorian chant (Corrected)

By David Kerr

Pope Benedict XVI speaks at an Oct. 2010 concert held for his birthday

Vatican City, May 31, 2011 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Corrected June 7, 2011, 9:04 MDT. Corrects earlier version in which Pope was quoted as saying the individual or group is the focus of the liturgy. Change is in paragraph four.

Pope Benedict XVI has reminded church musicians of the primacy of Gregorian chant in the Mass, describing it “as the supreme model of sacred music.”

The Pope set out his views in a letter for the 100th anniversary of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. The letter was read at the institute on May 26 and made public on May 31.

He praised Gregorian chant as being “of huge value to the great ecclesial heritage of universal sacred music.” But Pope Benedict also noted that sometimes it was erroneously “considered an expression of an idea corresponding to a past, gone and to be forgotten, because it limited the freedom and creativity of the individual and the community.” This was a view he wanted to counter.

“We always have to ask again: who is the true subject of the Liturgy? The answer is simple: the Church. It is not the individual or group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God's action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity.”

Gregorian chant, often referred to as plainchant, is named after the 6th century Pope Gregory the Great. He both simplified and cataloged the sacred music of the Church used throughout the year. It’s been the normative music of sacred liturgy ever since.

The present Pope stressed that there’s no tension between tradition and genuine progress in the development of sacred music.

“The liturgy, and therefore sacred music, lives in a correct and consistent relationship between healthy traditio and rightful progressio, always keeping in mind that these two concepts - that the Council Fathers clearly emphasized - complement each other because the tradition is a living reality and, therefore, it includes in itself the principle of development and progress.”

Music is a topic of particular interest to the Pope. He’s a great lover of classical music in general with a special fondness for Mozart and Bach. He’s also an avid pianist who has an upright piano in his Vatican apartment.

Pope Benedict noted in his letter that all his musical conclusions are mandated by the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the sacred liturgy, “Sacrosanctum Concillium.”

1 comment:

    The Superior General of the Society of St.Pius X (SSPX) could respond to the Vatican next month by saying that they accept Vatican Council II in accord with the Syllabus of Errors and the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

    Since they reject the dead being visible to us and being exceptions to the dogma (1) and the Syllabus of Errors, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is acceptable in accord with the Syllabus and the dogma on exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church.

    They can seek canonical status knowing that the Council indicates that all non Catholics are oriented to Hell unless they convert into the Catholic Church with Catholic Faith and the baptism of water (Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II ) (2), that all the members of Christian communities are also oriented to Hell without Catholic Faith (Ad Gentes 7) and though non Catholics are physically free they have a moral obligation, to enter the Catholic Church (AG 7, extra ecclesiam nulla salus).

    They could invite all Catholics including the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican and the Vice President of Ecclesia Dei, Vatican to affirm Vatican Council with its traditional values on other religions, ecumenism and religious liberty.

    The SSPX could seek the same privileges granted to the Priestly Fraternity of St.Peter ( FSSP) and the Institute of the Good Shepherd, however unlike them they could ask permission to freely express their traditional ecclesiology and evangelization.

    Since there are no known cases of the dead visible (Lumen Gentium 16) (3) they reject the ‘theology of religions’ and the ‘ecclesiology of communion’ of the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,Vatican, mentioned in two theological papers of the International Theological Commission.

    They reject all irrational and non traditional interpretations of Vatican Council II which have no citations from the Council.

    They reject a development of doctrine with no reference texts from the Church and which contradicts the Syllabus and the dogma.

    They reject Pope Benedict XVI and his Curia’s saying Jews do not have to convert in the present times. It is contrary to Vatican Council II ( Ad Gentes 7), Catechism of the Catholic Church (845,946,1257), (4) Dominus Iesus(20) (5) , Syllabus of Errors of Pope Pius IX,(6) extra ecclesiam nulla salus ( Cantate Domino, Council of Florence 1441) (7) and John 3:5,Mark 16:16..Since this is a first class heresy (contrary to the Nicene Creed (8) a mortal sin, SSPX priests should have the right not to concelebrate Holy Mass with those who hold the heresy of Jews not having to convert in the present times.
    -Lionel Andrades