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Zielinski at L'Osservatore Romano

Published in this afternoon's edition (January 10) of L'Osservatore Romano: an excellent article on Gregorian Chant, written by Dom Michael Zielinski, O.S.B. Oliv., the Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (and also of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology).

Excerpt of "The Universality of Gregorian Chant" (full text in Italian):

Despite the pronouncements of the Vatican II Council and of the papal magisterium, Church music is in crisis; it is affected by the hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture, of which Benedict XVI spoke in his Address to the Roman Curia of December 22, 2005.

To recover the great treasure which the Tradition of the Church gave to us, it is necessary to begin with Gregorian Chant, which is capable of communicating to the People of God the sense of Catholicity and to guide it towards a correct inculturation.

German writer Martin Mosebach recalls that this music was peculiar also to the ears of Charlemagne, of Saint Thomas Aquinas, of Monteverdi, or of Haydn. And it was as strange in their age as it is in our age. Today, however, one is more inclined towards the music of other cultures than the Christians of many centuries ago. Besides, the melodies of the various local traditions, even of those of cultures different from ours, are close relatives of Gregorian chant and, even in this sense, Gregorian Chant is truly universal.
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