Tuesday, April 15, 2008

NAP(L)M: Misses the Mark, Again

The Nat'l Ass'n of Pastoral Musicians (aka "NAPALM" here) manages to mis-quote the US Bishops' document which is written in plain English.

Here's the Bishops' document on Gregorian Chant:

"'The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman Liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.' Gregorian chant is uniquely the Church’s own music. Chant is a living connection with our forebears in the faith, the traditional music of the Roman rite, a sign of communion with the universal Church, a bond of unity across cultures, a means for diverse communities to participate together in song, and a summons to contemplative participation in the Liturgy."

Here's NAPALM's reduction:

"[W]e need to find ways both to preserve the heritage of liturgical musical [sic. - and the typo appears in both the printed and online text] created in Western Europe--especially Gregorian chant using Latin texts--and at the same time recognize, foster, and celebrate 'the rich culture and ethnic heritage of the many peoples in our country'."

Well, it's close. Still and all--no cigar.


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