London choral director rips quality of Catholic church music
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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