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Richard Morris
September 8, 1833 - May 12, 1894
Nationality: English
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: English Clergyman

As for sacred polyphony, there is no reason to be afraid of it.


Never have so many recordings of the great Masses and motets been in wider circulation.


It bothers me when I hear it in a car commercial or some such. But for the most part, it's better than seeing sacred music relegated to the scrap heap.


Music had always been the handmaid of the Roman liturgy.


Record stores have whole sections devoted to the chant.


All you hear Catholics turning out these days are pop versions of the old Protestant anthems.


The tunes, rhythms, and messages are drawn mainly from secular culture.


The pastor of a parish will typically have no education in the chant or in music, and he will hire the first music director who walks through the door.


Even Catholic parishes today are not wanting for talent. But no serious singer or organist will get anywhere near the typical music program, at least if he wants to retain his self-respect.


Thus the slogan should be reversed: Catholics taught the world what music is supposed to sound like, and, more importantly, what it is supposed to mean.


Participation is easily obtained with Latin chant.


At St. Francis de Sales in Atlanta, we do not have an organ. We do not have rehearsals during the week. We do not have a professional choir.


Then suddenly the Roman liturgy disappeared as we knew it.


Inaudible prayers, particularly of the Canon, which at first don't seem to have anything to do with music, end up being a very important part of the aesthetic of the traditional structure of the Mass.


And this speaks to the larger problem that no one wants to talk about: the restoration of the Roman rite is a precondition for a long-term fix for the problem.


When the truth is that there would be no great Western music, and certainly no decent choral repertoire, without the Catholic faith.


You can read about it all you want, but there is no substitute for just doing it.


Catholic liturgical music, it would seem, is everywhere but in the Catholic Church itself.


You can count on one hand the number of Novus Ordo churches in this country that feature a fully Catholic music program of any quality, consistent with the Roman rite tradition.


The democratic and pedestrian character of the new Mass itself seems to invite the ditties that pass for hymns these days.


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