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London choral director rips quality of Catholic church music

Catholic World News - April 14, 2011

The choral director of the London Symphony Orchestra has delivered a blistering condemnation of the quality of music in Catholic churches, saying that many hymns are nothing but "filler" and "ecclesiastical karaoke."

Joseph Cullen, writing in The Tablet, called attention to the music used during last year's visit to Great Britain by Pope Benedict XVI. "Sadly such excellence is untypical of the vast majority of our Catholic churches," he wrote. "There is a glaring lack of sympathy for the heritage which should be the bedrock of worthy sacred music in today's Church."

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  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Apr. 14, 2011 6:23 PM ET USA

    If only what passes at most Catholic parishes as music were as good as karaoke we'd be in a better position than we are now! Can you imagine "On Eagle's Wings" being done in a bar? It would clear people out in two minutes or less.

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