The Editor: The
June 28 edition of the London Telegraph states: "However,
the use of guitars and tambourines has annoyed Pope Benedict, who has
a love of classical music."
It is possible to modernize holy music," the pope said at a concert
conducted by Domenico Bartolucci, the director of music for the Sistine
" But it should not happen outside the traditional path of Gregorian
chants or sacred polyphonic choral music."
At first glance I thought the article was a spoof until I found
it in newspapers from around the world. I went to my Bible concordance
to check on the word "tambourine" and found nine specific
Scripture references instructing us to use the tambourine when
celebrating with our God. I did not find any references to Gregorian
chant or polyphonic
music in the concordance, however.
Some might say that what the pope declares should be taken as the
will of God for us today as "he is the successor of Peter and Vicar
of Christ on earth." This is the kind of argument that has
been used on other issues when equally silly things are uttered
from Vatican City.
I would suggest a "passive-aggressive" response in which
we don't argue but instead we just ignore such inappropriate
comments or directives.
On the other hand, perhaps our Canadian bishops should arrange
for one Gregorian chant choir and one polyphonic choral music
perform at a centrally located chapel somewhere in Canada
and everyone who still expresses their connection to God in either
musical modes could gather there and be in conformity with
the pope's expressed
Christopher Lake, Sask.