Old new to you? I learned today that Pope Benedict XVI has cancalled the 12 year annual Christmas concert because, get this, "he does not share his predecessor’s taste for pop music and wants to avoid scandal" or so it is reported by La Stampa. I guess that concert was infra Pontificis dignitatem.
The concert will be trasferred to Monaco and won’t be held in the Paul VI audience hall. The Pope didn’t attend last year, which made some of the old guard freak out.
"It is impossible not to notice a change under the new pontiff," the ANSA news agency said. "Benedict XVI is a very sober pope and is not inclined toward variety shows. He is more concerned about leading the faith of Catholics to its spiritual essence."
La Stampa suggested that Benedict XVI’s reluctance to continue the Christmas concert tradition stems not only from the German-born pope’s preference for classical music, but also his desire to avoid the small scandals that have plagued the event in recent years.
Some really stupid things happened at those concerts, I can tell you. I suppose some dopey people will say, "Gee, the Pope must hate music." or "Wow, the Pope must hate young people."
I respond, "Let’s reclaim dignity!"