“Our Archconfraternity is truly grateful to Maestro Aurelio Porfiri for the gift of this marvelous Mass which he has composed.” —Domenico Rotella
These elite are people who—by means of tireless effort—try to create good art for the benefit of everyone.
Are modern church musicians still composing oratorios? Yes!
“Reduced to the laical state” vs. “dismissal from the clerical state.”
“This booklet made quite a splash. Even Paul VI had to publicly defend Cardinal Lercaro.” — Aurelio Porfiri
“What stood out to me was the attention that Bishop Salvado gave to music…”
“The thoughts of Fr. Barsotti are not devotional or pious, but essential.” — Aurelio Porfiri.
“The majesty of divine worship is not only disapproved by evil men, but defiled and held up to ridicule.” — Pope Gregory XVI
A common mistake I find in Catholic literature is the belief that if you defend Pope Francis it means you are against Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, and vice versa.
If someone tells you “Vatican II wants such-and-such,” ask him where this was said.
When I speak with Pope Francis, will I ask him to care about sacred music? No. Abuses of the liturgy? No, I will ask him about the root of these problems.
Once upon a time there was a musician who thought he knew how Gregorian chant should be performed, and was very suspicious of the “semiologists.”
For me tradition is not going to the past, but going to the origins.
Life is not a piece of cake. And the Mass is not a Sunday recreational moment. We need to feel the burning of being close to God.
Maybe today we need missionaries of a different kind, ready to announce the beauty of our faith and tradition with an understanding of the new needs of a changing world.
No, dear girls, I do not want to know more about you, but maybe it would be good for you to know something more about me.
Guided by this one principle, every parish: “will become a model in its own way, and the liturgical reform, in its essence and demands, will be happily fulfilled.” — Aurelio Porfiri
“And so, for Jesus – and for us – the Passion is everything, the Passion decides everything.” — Fr. Zoffoli
“You know I will never betray you, lol.” How many Hail Marys would this kind of sin deserve?
Job searching is tough, you say? Try searching as a Church musician who is not “contemporary.”