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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Thoughtful Article On Hymns By Fr. Mark Woodruff
published 2 April 2013 by Guest Author

R. MARK WOODRUFF, author of this thorough Review [url], kindly sent us his well-researched article on hymns. It was first published in The Messenger of the Catholic League – Anglicans and Catholics in Communion: Patrimony, Unity, Mission in the April – August 2010 edition. The subject is the patrimony of the Ordinariate, concerning the place of hymns in relation to the Roman rite.

We have obtained permission to share this article with others. While we do not necessarily agree with everything Fr. Woodruff has written (which should come as no surprise, considering our strong opinions!), we feel that it is certainly worth reading, and present it here for thoughtful consideration by our readers:

                        * *  7687 Article on Hymns by Fr. Woodruff [pdf]