From a reader:
The Catholic church where my daughter is getting married does not allow the song from Fiddler on the Roof, "Sunrise, Sunset", to be sung at the ceremony because it is not liturgical.
The Catholic church where my wife and I were married allowed the song, which was sung as our mothers were escorted to their seats before the mass began.
Could you clarify the rule if there is one?
A church is not a Broadway theatre. A Mass or any liturgy of Holy Church is not a time for show tunes.
A wedding is not a musical tune review.
A wedding, while a joyful moment for many involved, is not just a opportunity to indulge personal tastes.
Music in church should be sacred music. It must be rooted in sacred texts and connected to and appropriate for the Church’s liturgy.
I agree completely with the decision to ban that song from use in church. It was entirely wrong for the other parish to permit it.
Sadly, this division in discipline and understanding of what Catholic liturgy is, what the sacrament of matrimony is all about, creates confusion among the faithful. It gives them the impression that anything goes (to name another broadway show) and that if a priest sticks to the Church’s true understanding of what sacraments are and what liturgy is, then he is being "mean".