Saturday, January 08, 2005

 

With all due respect . . .

We are lay Catholics who try to be serious about our faith. We strive for reverence where it is due. We are sinners. Our sins are every bit as bad as the sins we mention in the parodies. The difference is that we try not to present our sins as virtues. Too many in the Church today do just that with regard to the sins mentioned in the parodies.

We take worship seriously. Scripture and Tradition tell us that how we worship is important and that our worship should represent the best we are capable of giving. Most Catholic worship today is lamentable - lacking reverence, majesty or any sense of the great purpose that is in the Holy Mass. Too often songs are selected (or altered) to advance some agenda that isn't related to Christ our Prophet, Priest and King.

We hope that these parodies might help to reduce the frequency with which the underlying songs present our brothers and sisters with heresy, temptation and/or confusion. Each song selected to be parodied displayed three criteria: (1) theological vagueness or misstatement, (2) serious aesthetic shortcomings (as to music, text or both), and (3) the capacity to be parodied. We anticipate arguments about the first two criteria for some selections and look forward to discussing these issues.

By way of illustration, we tried to parody the song "Hosea", but found its structure too difficult to work with. (Actually as soon as we started humming the tune, we'd start nodding off.) Contrarily we will not publish a parody of "We Are Many Parts, We Are All One Body", even though it would be easy to do so. Despite the awkwardness of wording and a tune that's alarmingly close to an advertising jingle from our youth, the underlying message is serious and appropriate for all Christians and there is an air of some reverence about the song.

We tried to parody "All Are Welcome in This Place", but then determined that noted progressive protestant Mr. Marty Haugen is the Maestro of parody as that song is the perfect parody of all that's wrong with Postmodern Liturgy: vague, vacuous and heretical sentiments, overwhelming triteness and a B-grade show tune air. Bravo, Mr. Haugen, Bravo.



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