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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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A Visual Chronicle of Parish Life: Day 1
published 24 February 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

HIS WEEK I will post a different painting of parish life each day. I would venture to say that the customs of Catholic culture are even more beautiful than all the artwork they has produced. May these images be an inspiration to you as you look forward to a year of May crownings, First Communions, Corpus Christi processions, and midnight masses.

Today’s painting is by Joaquin Sorolla, a Spanish Luminist from the beginning of the last century. He is most known for his paintings of children in seascapes, but he also painted many wonderful images Spanish Catholicism. Among them is this painting, “The Baptism.”

Perhaps a few of the parishioners will strike you as rather familiar: The man saying the rosary in the front pew, the two people talking in church, the little girl dressed in her Sunday best and flanked by a mother and an aunt who know of her wild streak… I could swear I saw them all at mass yesterday.


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