|Baptizing the Pagan Organ|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 14 March 2007 16:16|
In light of the vigorous discussion of the dilemma of contemporary Catholic praise and worship here over the past two days, I found this interesting:
"How interesting! The excerpt sounds like a description of the way many rigorists describe why the guitar or the piano or the drums should never be used in the liturgy. What happened to the sensual, pagan organ? It was baptized!
No surprise: Christ came to transform all things, and so He did and does. That is why the Church makes no hard and fast prohibitions as to musical instruments but leaves the decision to the discretion of the bishops based on the evolving standards of common opinion and usage, which are, obviously, by their very nature changeable.
Newman noted (my paraphrase) that to be immersed in history was to cease to be a Protestant. To read history is to cease to be a fanatical rigorist when it comes to liturgical musical instruments. I think the two mentalities: the historically Protestant and the rigorist mentalities are indeed related--both tend to deify and reify one partial aspect that they have abstracted from a complex reality, as the Donatists schismatics combatted by
Oswald is currently a student at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. I have been invited to speak to the students in the New Evangelization program at Sacred Heart this fall. Perhaps I'll have a chance to meet a fellow blogger there!