Pope Francis spoke about the “banality” of contemporary Church music as he addressed 400 people who were taking part in a Vatican conference on sacred music.
The conference commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Musicam Sacram, the Sacred Congregation of Rites’ 1967 instruction on music in the liturgy.
“Certainly, the encounter with modernity and the introduction of
[vernacular] tongues into the Liturgy stirred up many problems: of
musical languages, forms, and genres,” the Pope said on March 4 in the
Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace.
“Sometimes a certain mediocrity, superficiality, and banality have
prevailed, to the detriment of the beauty and intensity of liturgical
celebrations,” he continued, as he called for improved musical education
for seminarians, “in dialogue with the musical trends of our time, with
the demands of the different cultural areas, and with an ecumenical