China and Rome
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Whereas music composed for the congregation needs to be “singable”, music composed for choirs needs to be accessible to the minds and hearts of the congregation as they hear it! It needs to communicate in a musical language that the faithful can readily receive, and which through its beauty and sacred character lifts hearts to the transcendent.
An impressive 84% of the 2.85 million-strong Indian-American community voted for Mr Obama in 2008, second perhaps only to African-Americans as a minority group.
As Catholics, we should recognize three points in our response:
1. There needs to be a recognition that governments (at whatever level) are in fact authentic agents of common responsibility. Or, in Catholic terms, governments are really and truly agents of solidarity. They are necessary is a number of ways, and potentially helpful in a number of others. Catholic social teaching, both medieval and modern, offers some clear guidance on both categories. The magisterial proof-texts here are well-known and numerous. We can’t be Anabaptists on this, nor can we be libertarians.
The Second Vatican Council’s liturgical renewal and the Church’s adaptation to modern society have caused groundbreaking changes in ecclesial architecture since the 1960s.I wish I could say South Korea was behind the times with respect to the genuine renewal of the Roman rite, but it's not. The "Vatican 2" mindset (with its myths and caricatures of the past) still dominates, even though we have more American bishops who are willing to celebrate liturgy in the extraordinary form.
The style shift in parts of Europe in the early 20th century has become more common throughout the world, suggesting the influence of inculturation.
Before the Council, Catholic participation in liturgy was passive because the liturgy was clergy-oriented. The Eucharist was focused on dedication, rather than unity through sharing, which led to a hierarchical and rectangular church building.
It is only after the George W. Bush presidency that the author begins complaining about the slow-moving “Washington machine” that members of the SEALs found frustrating. That irritation mounts in 2011, when the SEALs anxiously awaited their signal to raid Abbottabad, but this account is determined to steer clear of serious politics or leave itself open to election-season manipulation. The worst it has to say about President Obama is that none of the fighters who caught bin Laden wanted to help re-elect him, and that he never followed through on a promise to invite them to the White House for a beer.