From a reader:
In your valued opinion, and those of your readers, is it permissible/proper/desirable/good for a Protestant choir to sing at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica? Certainly the controversy over bad Catholic choirs being allowed to sing for Mass was addressed by the directives of the Prefect of the Musical Chapel issued in December of 2006 (cf. http://musicasacra.com/pdf/vaticannorms.pdf). But do the norms assume that non-Catholic choirs that meet the criteria are eligible to sing? I ask because the choir at our Lutheran affiliated institution is advertizing that they will be "participating" in Mass at St Peter’s next January. I have two doubts: 1. that the choir has been in touch with the proper authorities at the Vatican and 2. that Protestant choirs are allowed to sing at all in the Basilica.
I don’t have a problem with a non-Catholic choir singing in St. Peter’s or any other church.
So long as they sing what needs to be sung and sing well, what’s the problem?
Professional musicians are often non Catholic.
Musics sometimes are moved to want to know more about the Church.
And non-Catholics who are at Mass do participate to a degree, particularly if validly baptized. Their participation may not perhaps be the fullest they could have, but if they are there with good will and tuned in and reverent… that’s a start.
That’s good, right?
What’s not to like?