posted by Vir Speluncae Catholicus at
Archbishop John Ireland of St. Paul, MN (late 1800's-early 1900's) was an Americanist, kicked all the Unia out of the Church and was one such bishop who accommodated the protestant majority.Did you know you can sing Amazing Grace to the tune of Gilligan's Island?
This is exactly what is going on at my parish.The first time I noticed something was up was when "All are Welcome" was played at communion.Our music director is a Convert!! and yet we keep getting Protestant hymns. (I thought converts were more Catholic than cradle Catholic. I guess I've been proven wrong.)
In my last parish, we sang "Lord of the Dance"(A Shaker hymn, "Amazing Grace", and "How Great Thou Art" continuely. Luther's "Mighty Fortress" was also in the hymnal!
They have that at my old parish...the law of prayer is the law of belief...act like protestant, become one, simple as that
As that song begins, my wife just looks at me hang my head, while I hum tantum ergo...she smiles, knowing I hate that song!
I think the worst of the so called "Catholic" hymns of recent vintage, certainly worse than "Amazing Grace" is "City of God". "Let us build the City of God"? Hasn't that person, or anyone in the pews, read Psalm 126 (Nisi Dominus, Douay-Rheims), that says:Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it.And besides, if you have nothing else to blurt out week after week, you can always default to "Faith of Our Fathers." And keep the lines about the fire and dungeons; people need some reality.
I too have been critical of the Protestant and pop songs that have been used during a Catholic rite. My neo-Catholic siblings are in disagreement with me and will not discuss the matter. I do like the song Amazing Grace and some other Prot songs. Just do not sing/use them during a Catholic rite ceremony.
What is anyone doing going to churches such as these to begin with? I sufferred through this for 10 yrs, before I learn there was a traditional Latin Mass not too far. Since then, it is RARE that I step into these PROTESTant buildings. For what? only to get sick again?
I'm going to suggest that perhaps Mr. Voris has misinterpreted the 2d verse he cites. Perhaps the hour of belief marks the first time the composer perceived the grace that had filled his life, and assigned it its proper worth.
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