Regarding "music in the liturgy, we should start by saying that Gregorian music is the Church's precious heritage," he said. "It should stay. It should not be banished. If therefore in a particular diocese or country, no one hears Gregorian music anymore, then somebody has made a mistake somewhere.YES! :-D And a pox on those who equate a desire for Gregorian chant to Restoration and a betrayal of the Council. Such folks haven't actually read Sacrosanctum Concilium too carefully, methinks. But, a long way to go -- you won't see much Gregorian chant from OCP and GIA. And I suspect the knowledge of parish musicians in this area is minimal. It's Christ the King this Sunday -- how many parishes will sing "Vexilla Regis Prodeunt?"
"However, "the Church is not saying that everything should be Gregorian music," the cardinal clarified. "There is room for music which respects that language, that culture, that people. There is room for that too, and the present books say that is a matter for the bishops' conference, because it generally goes beyond the boundaries of one diocese."The ideal thing is that the bishops would have a liturgical music commission which looks at the wording and the music of the hymns. And when the commission is satisfied, judgment is brought to the bishops for approval, in the name of the rest of the conference."What should not be the case, insists the Nigerian cardinal, is "individuals just composing anything and singing it in church. This is not right at all -- no matter how talented the individual is.You know, I hope there is never an outright ban of guitar music. That would be idiotic. And an extreme reaction to the rightful criticism of parts of this repertoir. There's nothing wrong with guitars per se.
That brings us to the question of the instruments to be used."The local church should be conscious that church worship is not really the same as what we sing in a bar, or what we sing in a convention for youth. Therefore it should influence the type of instrument used, the type of music used.
I will not now pronounce and say never guitar; that would be rather severe," Cardinal Arinze added. "But much of guitar music may not be suitable at all for the Mass. Yet, it is possible to think of some guitar music that would be suitable, not as the ordinary one we get every time, [but with] the visit of a special group, etc.""The judgment would be left to the bishops of the area. It is wiser that way," he pointed out. "Also, because there are other instruments in many countries which are not used in Italy or in Ireland, for instance.
"People don't come to Mass in order to be entertained. They come to Mass to adore God, to thank him, to ask pardon for sins, and to ask for other things that they need"I could be really really really petty and say, "and receive the Lord in Holy Communion," but I'm sure the good Cardinal doesn't think this is ancillary to the celebration of the Lord's day!