It Does Not Matter

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 01, 2005

The processional hymn for the Young Adults Liturgy at the recent L.A. Religious Education Conference showcased David Haas's catchy new "Gathering Song" (see pp. 44-45 of the program). A sampler:

Come all you single ones, divorced and married:
Come you who have lost your spouse, all who are lonely.
With Christ our brother, we are loved and made whole!

Refrain: All is ready. Here and now. All are welcome here.

Come all you young and old, all male and female.
Come, now, all gay and straight, it does not matter.
With Christ, all people are one in God's whole!

Refrain: All is ready. Here and now. All are welcome here.

It pains me inexpressibly to report that Haas's litany extends no welcome to hermaphrodites, cellists, gluten-intolerant Latvians, Scorpios, Jesuits, self-employed taxpayers filing jointly, redheads, or Catholics.

Must we be so quick to EXCLUDE?

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 04, 2005 1:57 PM ET USA

    As one who already KNOWS I am welcome in my Church as a forcibly unilaterally divorced person who had no defense, but lives what the Church teaches about indissolubility and permanency of my vows, it angers me that the ones who forced that divorce and then civilly married (or easily annuled under questionable grounds which can easily be overturned by appealing to the Rota)..that those are the very ones probably referred to in his song, who choose to defy or change the Church and Her Teachings.

  • Posted by: sparch - Mar. 02, 2005 10:18 AM ET USA

    How could anyone sit in the pews and acutally sing along. I would be outraged at the hubris, but could not control my laughter. We need to take our church back.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 01, 2005 8:48 PM ET USA

    check out: Society for a Moratorium on the Music of Marty Haugen and David Haas an example of ditties included on this site: "Gather Us In" Here in this place, a bad song is starting, Now will the altar turn into a stage. All that is holy is slowly departing, Making a way for the coming New Age.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 01, 2005 1:08 PM ET USA

    this makes the pic of the hot cantor babe prancing around the altar in her nightware seem pretty tame...please don't tell me she was singing this song. she's not one of THEM, is she? I've decided: I don't mind being excluded...cause it DOES MATTER!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2005 12:53 PM ET USA

    I noticed the very hurtful exclusion of steroid users.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2005 12:03 PM ET USA

    I just can't picture any of the Apostles being so comfortable with divorce, adultery, or sodomy. Seems to me it would and did occassion serious preaching. Seems to me it would still occassion such to one of their successors.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2005 11:22 AM ET USA

    What a thing! If this was not serious business I would split my sides laughing at the way in which Diogenes has put this over! Please.....licensed drivers, bald men, Eskimos, neuclear scientists, men with earings and babies with earings for that matter etc.... etc..... Seriously, how can this nonsence be permitted! Does none of this get back to the right quarters in Rome?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2005 10:40 AM ET USA

    So, Di, are you saying that, despite the words of this sacred hymn, the intent was to have a liturgy pro multis, but not pro omnibus? P.S. My feelings are hurt--you didn't mention us good old altar boys in your list of the forgotten. And looking at the congress photos, its apparent that His Eminence didn't want us around either.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2005 10:30 AM ET USA

    And Mr. Haas forgot to welcome all those rigid Traditionalists. Anyway, I am happy to be a proud member of The Society for a Moratorium on the Music of Marty Haugen and David Haas. See

  • Posted by: Brad - Mar. 01, 2005 10:26 AM ET USA

    All are welcome? What about those that talk about sin and repentance. In particularly those that say that adultery, fornincation, and homosexual acts are grave sins, according to the teaching of the Church and the Gospel? Are they welcome? All people are one in Christ even if they reject Him and disobey His teachings? Haas needs to go back to school. Start by reading the Bible.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Mar. 01, 2005 7:21 AM ET USA

    No.., There's nothing wrong with our Church... or its congruence to its own doctrine.