Here is a very interesting e-mail from a frustrated reader (edited) and with my emphases and comments.
Dear Reverend Father,
[T]he Archdioces of Miami Radio Station, Radio Peace, is running a poll regarding what music people like at Mass.
This, after they decided to discuss Sacred Music a couple of days ago. The topic was "What kind of music do you prefer at Mass?" There were callers for whom Gregorian Chant and Polyphony is just not "with it." Someone actually called and said that it was Euro-Centric! (I thought the Catholic Church invented European culture?) The response from the host was "Well, isn’t it great that we have something for everybody in the Archdiocese of Miami!"
Well I called in and reminded the host that Gregorian Chant and Polyphany, according to at least one or two authoritative Catholic sources, have "pride of place" in the liturgy. I then followed up with an email and a post to the official website of the show "Faith Factor" http://www.faithfactor.org/ but since it is moderated my post never made it to the blog. Hmmmm? [So, the very sort of music the Church as advocated and given pride of place was not even included in the poll.]
Instead, the next day, the blog had a poll asking listeners to decide what music they like. The choices and the results are below. Also, there were several entries on "praise and worship" music. And a post which announced that "Traditional hyms can be a bit outdated…"
What kind of music do you prefer when you go to Mass?
Very contemporary praise & worship.
More conservative, traditional Catholic hymns.
I’d rather not have any music at Mass.
It’s been so long since I went to mass that I don’t really care.
Vote on this poll
Votes so far: 28 [<----- So many?]
Days left to vote: 24
Could you ask some of your readers to help out in the cause of the traditional music vote? My hope is to get the host of the radio show to take a closer look at tradional music. He is apparently a "worship leader" for a charismatic band. If it isn’t possible to ask your readers to vote I would like to take the opprotunity to thank you for your blog. Words cannot describe my gratitude at the fruit of your time and effort. May the Lord continue to bless you according to the perfect intercession of the Immaculate Conception.