Both Milwaukee's old before and after Cathedral and Raleigh's new Cathedral are of the Romanesque style of architecture which is based upon a High Christology. But during the reign of Pope Benedict, the now disgraced (and not just for his abuse of this once magnificent cathedral) former progressive Archbishop of Milwaukee renovated his magnificent high Christology Cathedral and tried to remake it into a low Christology facility or worship space as progressives like to call it:
Raleigh's Most Holy Name of Jesus just consecrated in the now. Will some bishop in this cathedral's future make it into an after concoction according to the Milwaukee's cathedral's attempt at imposing a low Christology on it?:
And now some musing on modern Catholic liturgical music today:
Tom Makin formerly of Macon, a former parishioner of mine from years and years ago at St. Joseph in Macon, made this comment on yesterday's liturgy dedicating this magnificent new Cathedral:
Watched for a while....very ecumenical, lacked solemnity and
gravity, too much music as entertainment. When living in Omaha, was
part of the building and dedication of a new and magnificent church, St
Vincent dePaul. It was a solemn occasion...dedication with great
dignity befitting the moment a church is brought to life so to speak.
Sorry to see what happened today in what has to be a most wonderful
Vatican II's document on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, asked for noble simplicity in the Liturgy, which I believe to this day, referred to the pontifical Solemn High Mass with deacon, subdeacon and very, very complicated rubrics and choreography, not your typical parish Low Mass or High Mass.
Vatican II also called the Church to move away from "triumphalism." Yet, when it comes to Ordinations of clerics, be they deacons, priests or bishops as well as the consecration of churches and cathedrals, the music in American Catholic dioceses is anything but noble simplicity. It is triumphalism that boarders on or actually becomes "entertainment."
Instead of chant without accompaniment or simply the pipe organ, orchestras are chosen, trumpets and tympani are used with fanfares and flourishes and it all sounds like the music score from Star Wars or some other Hollywood (and now Georgia) movie music score.
I wish, oh, how I wish, bishops and pastors would take their cue for appropriate liturgical music which isn't triumphalism from papal Masses at St. Peter's Basilica. I have been to many outdoor Masses there with an extremely multi-cultural attendance and this is what is sung:
1. There may be an entrance hymn to accompany the procession, but once the pope approaches the altar to incense it, the Introit of the day is chanted. Why or why couldn't there be a Latin chanted Introit added to a hymn with only organ accompaniment at yesterday's dedication? There is a Latin Introit for the consecration of churches!
2. Why or why do we have to cater to everyone's language group or at least some or ethnic style of music at these cathedral Masses? At St. Peter's there is none of this. The only nod to doing this is at the Universal Prayer with different individuals praying in their native language (a bit contrived I think and unnecessary.) At St.Peters' the propers and the congregation's sung parts of the Mass, such as the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei are chanted in one of the appropriate Latin chants of the Church's chant patrimony. Cathedrals in particular should use only these Latin chants to unify the congregation rather than "Balkanize" the congregation by trying to appease each language or ethnic group. This is long past its expiration date!
Chant and sober anthems would go a long way to being faithful to Vatican II's desire for the Liturgy!