Throughout my 30 years of priesthood, I've tried to connect people with our Catholic identity. The primary place that we experience our Catholic identity is at Mass. But when it comes to music at Mass in the last 40 years, Catholic identity has been thrown out the window with vapid songs like "Leaping the Mountains," "The Father Will Dance" and "On Eagle's Wings." I'm sorry if any of these are your favorites. We've also imported Protestant hymns into the Mass. Some of these are far better than the contemporary drivel we get from Catholic publishing houses, but still we need to be aware of the lyrics and if the theology contained in these are suitable for Catholic identity.
Often we pick hymns for Mass that have easy to sing melodies. We don't look at the words and what that teaches the congregation who sings the words.
One hymn that I actually like, because it is so singable and everyone knows it, is Amazing Grace! But watch the video and make comments on whether or not this song is suitable for our Catholic identity.
What's a pastor to do these days. Music is a sore point or a point of contention with so many people. If they like something, they are offended if you call the hymn into question or forbid it outright. Even our Catholic publishing companies give us hymn books with highly questionable lyrics to the hymns contained.
This man may not be very ecumenical but he tells the truth. I prefer the truth!