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Pope-ular music

April 16, 2008
With Pope Benedict XVI on his U.S. tour, attention is being paid to just about every aspect of the Catholic Church…including its music. Not only is the playlist for the Pontiff’s stadium mass in Washington being scrutinized, but thoughts are also turning to what’s being sung during the typical Sunday mass around the country.

Writes Hank Stuever in the Washington Post: “The backlash against ‘Kumbaya Catholicism’ has anyone under 40 allegedly clamoring for the Tridentine Mass in Latin, while the old folks are most sentimental about Casual Sunday (even more rockin', the Saturday vigil Mass), and still cling to what's evolved from the lite-rock guitar liturgies of the 1970s. The result, for most parishes, has been decades of Masses in which no one is entirely satisfied and very few enjoy the music enough to sing along.”

So, whatever your faith, what music satisfies you spiritually? Should religious groups adjust their music choices to current trends?

And is the day of “Day by Day” long past?

Your thoughts?
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