Pope Francis on Saturday received the participants in a major international conference on sacred music, a half-century after the promulgation of the Conciliar document, Musicam sacram on music in the sacred liturgy.
Over 400 people taking part in the gathering organized by the
Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for
Culture around the theme: Music and the Church: cult and culture fifty
years after Musicam sacram, met in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic
Palace to hear the Holy Father.
“Certainly,” said Pope Francis, “the encounter with modernity and the
introduction of [vernacular] tongues into the Liturgy stirred up many
problems: of musical languages, forms and genres.”
The Holy father went on to say, “Sometimes a certain mediocrity,
superficiality and banality have prevailed, to the detriment of the
beauty and intensity of liturgical celebrations.”
The Pope encouraged the various actors in the field of liturgical
music – from composers, conductors, musicians and choristers, to
liturgical animators – to do their best to contribute to the renewal of
sacred music and liturgical chant, especially as far as the quality of
sacred music is concerned.
“To facilitate this process,” Pope Francis said, “we need to promote
proper musical education, especially for those who are preparing to
become priests – in dialogue with the musical trends of our time, with
the demands of the different cultural areas, and with an ecumenical