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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Whose Church is the Church?
published 19 August 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

At St. Victor’s Church in Hollywood there is a huge replica of the Cross that spoke to St. Francis of Assisi, except it is even more Byzantine looking. I was looking at it just before the morning Mass. Several of the street people who come to a place in the back of the Church for vouchers for MacDonald’s breakfasts wandered into the Church and spent several minutes gazing at the beautiful cross and at the other statues. Some stayed for Mass and others drifted off.

It reminded me of Churches in Catholic countries where all day long people come into Church to pray. When non-believers talk as if our beautiful churches come from the priestly caste exploiting the poor, I say, “you’ve got it wrong. The Church doesn’t belong to the priest. The poor see the Church as their celestial living room.”

It seems touching to me that nowadays here in our non-Catholic country it is the poor of the streets that now gaze with awe and interest at the pictures, statues, and crucifixes in our Church and, of course, we poor in spirit love to be in our celestial living room other days as well as Sundays.

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