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To Flourish or Annoy?

The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and the revival of Australian Catholic music By Elizabeth Sheppard OblSB ACertCM (Cantor UK) STB, 29/ !/2 "2 Thi# a$ternoon % #an& 'ith a Catholi( lit)r&i(al (hoir at a #)((e##$)l Ch)r(h *)#i( 'or+#hop #pon#ored by a 'ell +no'n A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( p)bli#her, The 'ell-attended 'or+#hop 'a# held to pro*ote the lit)r&i(al (o*po#ition# o$ a proli$i( A)#tralian Catholi( (o*po#er, Colin S*ith, A$ter the 'or+#hop % 'a# di#()##in& A)#tralian Ch)r(h *)#i( in &eneral 'ith another (hori#ter, 'ho #)ddenly (on$ided in *e that #he had 'ritten an anthe* that 'a# to be per$or*ed at St Mary.# Cathedral in a *onth.# ti*e, % a#+ed 'here % (o)ld b)y a #(ore o$ it, a# % a* al'ay# intere#ted in ne' A)#tralian Ch)r(h *)#i(, and #he told *e that altho)&h it had been per$or*ed #e/eral ti*e#, it 'a# )np)bli#hed, a# 'a# a Ma## #he had 'ritten, Sin(e a p)bli#hin& repre#entati/e 'a# pre#ent, % introd)(ed *y $riend to her, and #he 'a# &i/en (onta(t detail# to #end her *)#i( to the (o*pany, Then (a*e the ba(+-hander, The p)bli#her.# repre#entati/e (a)tioned *y $riend not to #)b*it her Ma##, #in(e 0too *any ne' A)#tralian Ma##e#1 )#in& the ne' En&li#h tran#lation o$ the Ma## had been #)b*itted, She told )# that the #*all n)*ber o$ o$$i(ially #ele(ted Ma##e# )#in& the ne' te2t# 'ere no' the only one# per*itted $or )#e in the A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(h, At thi# *y $riend appeared )nder#tandably )p#et, #in(e a $e' year# a&o the 3ope and the A)#tralian Bi#hop# had )r&ed all Catholi( *)#i(ian# to do their )t*o#t to #)pply ne' A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( to the Ch)r(h, and #he had re#ponded in &ood $aith, #pendin& *any ho)r# o$ dedi(ated 'or+ on her no' (o*pleted Ma##, % 'a# al#o /ery #)rpri#ed, ha/in& heard Si#ter 4ibby O1Brien (4iai#on O$$i(er $or the A)#tralian Bi#hop#) enth)#ia#ti(ally )r&in& Catholi( (o*po#er# at a 2 "" *)#i( (on$eren(e to #)b*it their 'or+# to the A)#tralian Bi#hop#, At that ti*e, Si#ter 4ibby &a/e a $ir* a##)ran(e that ne' *)#i( 'a# al'ay# 'anted, appre(iated, and needed, and that there 'a# no intention on the Bi#hop#. part to e2(l)de the 'or+ o$ lo(al A)#tralian (o*po#er#, Si#ter 4ibby.# rea##)ran(e 'a# a re#pon#e to an indi&nant 5)e#tion ('hi(h happened to be $ro* the p)bli#hin& repre#entati/e 'ho re6e(ted *y $riend.# o$$er o$ her Ma##) a# to 'hy #he had not re(ei/ed a re#pon#e $ro* the A)#tralian Catholi( Bi#hop# a$ter #)b*ittin& her (o*po#ition# to their M)#i( Co**ittee, 7e$le(tin& on thi# )tterly (on$)#in& and di#(on(ertin& #tate o$ a$$air# a$ter the 'or+#hop, % re*e*bered an arti(le % had read in 2 8 abo)t the $)t)re o$ A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i(, %n 2 8 Clare 9, :ohn#on, o$ the ;a()lty o$ Theolo&y at <otre

=a*e Uni/er#ity, A)#tralia, p)bli#hed an arti(le in the 6o)rnal Pastoral Liturgy, entitled 0To <o)ri#h or =e#troy1, >er attention&rabbin& title pre#ented the reader 'ith t'o bald alternati/e# $or Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i( in A)#tralia? i,e, no)ri#hin& it, or de#troyin& it, Thi# *ade A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i( #ee* li+e an optional e2tra, li+e a pretty ho)#e pet, $ed a li&ht diet 'hile it pro/ide# it# o'ner 'ith e*otional #)pport, 'hi(h i# i&nored and de#troyed 'hen it be(o*e# #i(+, dy#$)n(tional, or a $inan(ial b)rden, % thin+ not, <either Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(ian# nor Catholi( Bi#hop# are e/er obli&ed to (hoo#e bet'een no)ri#hin& or de#troyin& Catholi( *)#i(, %n Catholi( do(trine, thi# +ind o$ )tilitariani#* i# hereti(al, Both ho)#e pet#, and Ch)r(h *)#i(, are part o$ @od.# (reation, B)t 'hile 'e *ay r)le o)t an ille&iti*ate (hoi(e bet'een &enero)#ly no)ri#hin& and (arele##ly de#troyin& Ch)r(h *)#i( #ele(ti/ely, it #ee*# that Catholi( *)#i(ian# (and perhap# their (leri(al #)per/i#or#) *ay ha/e to (hoo#e bet'een *)t)al $lo)ri#hin&, or a #tate o$ (ontin)o)# *)t)al annoyan(e, =e#pite re(ent petty, di/i#i/e di#p)te# bet'een /ario)# $a(tion# 'ithin Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(, it i# #till po##ible, de#irable and in $a(t e##ential that A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( #ho)ld (ontin)e to &ro' and $lo)ri#h, Ae (an (hoo#e to be(o*e ob#e##ed 'ith bein& annoyed by *)#i( not to o)r ta#te, and rea(t by annoyin& or (onde*nin& other#, or 'e (an (hoo#e to $lo)ri#h to&ether in Chri#t by a(+no'led&in& and prai#in& o)r Ch)r(h.# ri(h *)#i(al di/er#ity, Ae (an (hoo#e to re#tri(t Catholi( *)#i( (o*po#ition in A)#tralia to a *ere tri(+le, or 'e (an open the $lood&ate# and let the 'ater o$ the >oly Spirit $ind it# o'n le/el and 'or+ a *ira(le o$ ree/an&elization, Thro)&h $aith, the ()rrent ob#e##ion 'ith #ele(tin& and pro*otin& a narro' (li5)e o$ $a/o)red Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(ian# (o)ld be redire(ted to'ard# a broader &oal? that o$ all Ch)r(h *)#i(ian# and their (o**)nitie# $lo)ri#hin& and re6oi(in& to&ether in the >oly Spirit o$ Chri#t.# tea(hin&# and @od.# lo/e, All Chri#tian# (hoo#e li$e in Chri#t, and o)r li/e# are enri(hed by the *any bea)ti$)l Chri#tian *)#i( repertoire# that :e#)#. li$e and tea(hin&# in#pired, $ro* the earlie#t day# o$ the Ch)r(h, The Ch)r(h *)#i( o$ the pa#t, pre#ent, and $)t)re not only no)ri#he# o)r li$e in Chri#t, and help# )# to *e*orize #(ript)ral te2t#, it i# a *ean# o$ p)bli( 'itne## to the &oodne## o$ Chri#t pre#ent in the 'orld, Ad*iration $or the trea#)re# o$ traditional Catholi( *)#i( ri&htly in#pire# (onte*porary A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( that e2pre##e# today.# A)#tralian Catholi( $aith, and 'ill #)#tain o)r (hildren.# $aith, Ma2i*izin& p)bli( parti(ipation in 'hole#o*e Ch)r(h *)#i( 'ith a)thenti(ally pea(e$)l Chri#tian te2t# i# a pro/en 'ay o$ pro*otin& inter()lt)ral re#pe(t and #o(ial har*ony in o)r (onte*porary 'orld, <either *ini*al 0no)ri#h*ent1 o$ Ch)r(h *)#i(, nor i(ono(la#ti( de#tr)(tion o$ Ch)r(h *)#i(, are reali#ti( option# $or #in(ere Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i( *ana&er# in A)#tralia today, 7e(ently, a

lar&e &ro)p o$ a(ti/e A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(ian# too+ a(tion to pro/ide better alternati/e#, A# al'ay#, the $ir#t #tep to re$or* i# a t'o-#ided (o**it*ent to hone#t, *eanin&$)l, on&oin& dialo&)e, On 2Brd :)ly 2 "" the A)#tralian 3a#toral M)#i(ian# <et'or+ held it# ina)&)ral *eetin& at the St Mary Ma(Killop Con$eren(e Centre, <orth Sydney, Thi# opened the 'ay to better (o**)ni(ation on Ch)r(h *)#i( i##)e# bet'een the A)#tralian Catholi( Bi#hop# Con$eren(e and pra(ti#in& A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i(ian# 'or+in& at the &ra## root# o$ the Ch)r(h, Me*ber#hip o$ the A3M< i# open to all Ch)r(h deno*ination#, b)t it# ()rrent *e*ber#hip i# lar&ely Catholi(, Both traditional and (onte*porary A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i(ian# and (o*po#er# attended thi# *eetin&, %t 'a# e/ident $ro* the lar&e Catholi( attendan(e at the ina)&)ral A3M< *eetin&, $ro* all re&ion# o$ A)#tralia, that (o**it*ent to *aintainin& and de/elopin& A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i( re*ain# #tron&, At thi# *eetin&, A3M< *e*ber# a&reed )nani*o)#ly on the )r&ent need $or ed)(ation o$ A)#tralian ad)lt# a# 'ell a# (hildren in Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(, re&i#tration o$ all #er/in& A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i(ian#, (lo#er liai#on 'ith and en(o)ra&e*ent o$ A)#tralian (o*po#er# o$ Ch)r(h *)#i(, pro/i#ion o$ trained Ch)r(h *)#i( #ta$$ to Catholi( pari#he#, and #)pply o$ e##ential *)#i( in$ra#tr)(t)re to the A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(h, They re5)e#ted Si#ter 4ibby O.Brien, the 4iai#on O$$i(er to the A)#tralian Catholi( Bi#hop# Con$eren(e, to (o**)ni(ate the#e )r&ent need# to the Bi#hop#, and to (o**)ni(ate the Bi#hop# re#pon#e to their re5)e#t#, to the A3M< *e*ber#, Si#ter O.Brien a&reed to do thi#, She in/ited A)#tralian Catholi( (o*po#er# to (ontin)e to #)b*it their (o*po#ition# to the Bi#hop#, Si#ter O.Brien a##)red the A3M< (o*po#er# pre#ent that the 0appro/ed li#t1 o$ Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i( i##)ed re(ently by the ACBC 'a# not intended to e2(l)de A)#tralian Catholi( (o*po#ition# not *entioned on it, and #he pro*i#ed to a*end any ACBC #tate*ent# &i/in& thi# in(orre(t i*pre##ion, A3M< *e*ber# a'ait the A)#tralian Bi#hop#. detailed re#pon#e to their (learly #tated need# and re5)e#t#, Clare :ohn#on.# arti(le, 'hi(h *ooted the po##ibility o$ de#tr)(tion o$ Ch)r(h *)#i( a# the only alternati/e to it# no)ri#h*ent, *ay ha/e #er/ed to re/itali#e di#()##ion abo)t the $)t)re o$ A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(, By pointin& o)t e2tre*e alternati/e (o)r#e# o$ a(tion, :ohn#on #teered the debate a'ay $ro* (on#tant (arpin& (riti(i#* o$ Ch)r(h *)#i( and *)#i( *ini#ter#, to the po##ibility o$ po#iti/e re(on#tr)(tion, Aith 'i#e *ana&e*ent, and *ore &enero)# pa#toral (are o$ it# Ch)r(h *)#i(ian#, the Catholi( Ch)r(h in A)#tralia (o)ld and #ho)ld a(ti/ely or&anize, pro*ote and en6oy the broad &ro'th and de/elop*ent o$ both traditional and lo(al (onte*porary Catholi( lit)r&i(al *)#i( in A)#tralia,

There i# no /alid rea#on 'hy the Catholi( Ch)r(h in A)#tralia #ho)ld a/oid or rene&e on it# obli&ation# re&ardin& traditional or (onte*porary Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(? the#e ha/e been (learly prioritized by the 9ati(an, S*otherin& an )nder re#o)r(ed lo(al lit)r&i(al *)#i( #y#te* in re&)lation# and re#tri(tion# i# )nli+ely to re/i/e it, b)t (lear leader#hip $ro* a 'ell 5)ali$ied Sa(red M)#i( Co**i##ion 'o)ld (ertainly do #o, A pro-a(ti/e, in(l)#i/e, e*po'erin& and opti*i#ti( approa(h i# e##ential, not optional, $or A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( today, A)#tralia i# ble##ed 'ith *any 'elltrained Catholi( (leri(al, reli&io)# and lay *)#i(ian#, 'ho#e #in(ere intention to 'or#hip @od 'ith their @od-&i/en talent# #ho)ld be $)lly e2tended, and not *ini*i#ed, i&nored, or denied e2pre##ion, A)thenti( Catholi( $aith, pra(ti(e, and 'or#hip ha# nothin& to be a#ha*ed o$, Catholi( lit)r&i(al *)#i( 'ill #)#tain Chri#tian $aith in the $)t)re, a# it ha# done in the pa#t? it #ho)ld be en/i#ioned a# $lo)ri#hin& and in(l)#i/e o$ enli/ened, *)#i(ally ed)(ated (on&re&ation#, rather than *erely #)b#i#tin& in e2(l)#i/e, pri/ile&ed, pri/ate *)#i(al elite#, <or #ho)ld Ch)r(h *)#i( be #ti$led by an ab#en(e o$ appropriately &raded, (erti$ied Ch)r(h *)#i( ed)(ation, a la(+ o$ 5)ali$ied *)#i( tea(her#, or by a $ail)re to pro/ide the pa#toral, theolo&i(al and lit)r&i(al ed)(ation that e5)ip# Ch)r(h *)#i(ian# $or leader#hip in Ch)r(h *)#i(, at a$$ordable rate#, :ohn#on.# alar*in& alternati/e to di#(reetly 0no)ri#hed1 lit)r&i(al *)#i(, i# the (o*plete i(ono(la#ti( de#tr)(tion o$ the Ch)r(h (o**)nity.# *)#i(, Sadly, #o*e A)#tralian Catholi( Bi#hop#, ha*#tr)n& by ti&ht b)d&et# and )n(ooperati/e pari#hioner#, did #ee $it to ta+e lit)r&i(al *)#i( o$$ the a&enda alto&ether, Thi# 'a# e$$e(ted by 'ithdra'in& $)nd# $or Ch)r(h *)#i( *aintenan(e, by appointin& non-*)#i(al 4it)r&y Co**i##ion#, by $ailin& to e#tabli#h #eparate Co**i##ion# o$ Sa(red M)#i(, by per*ittin& #e()lar *)#i( to predo*inate in Catholi( #(hool#, by re&)larly di#*i##in& (o*petent *)#i(al dire(tor#, and by a(t)ally di#bandin& e#tabli#hed pari#h (hoir# and a##o(iated in#tr)*ental &ro)p#, Many A)#tralian Catholi( pari#hioner# ha/e prote#ted a&ain#t the#e *ea#)re#, apparently in /ain, %n thi# 'ay, (yni(al and de#pairin& Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i( poli(ie# ha/e #ti$led lit)r&i(al *)#i( in *any A)#tralian Catholi( pari#he#, Cet traditional and (onte*porary Catholi( *)#i( #till #)r/i/e#, lar&ely )n#een and )nheard, in the ho*e# and *e*orie# o$ the Catholi( pop)la(e, in the reli&io)# order#, and in lay a##o(iation#, A per#i#tent debate that ha# pla&)ed the A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( #(ene #in(e 9ati(an %% i# per#i#tent 6o(+eyin& $or *ar+et #hare bet'een traditional and (onte*porary Ch)r(h *)#i( $a(tion#, Ch)r(h *)#i( in A)#tralia, a# in other (o)ntrie#, i# bi& b)#ine##, Many Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(ian# deny any (o**er(ial *oti/e $or their 'or+, b)t their $ier(e (o*petition $or paid role# and #tipendiary /ol)nteer po#ition# belie# thi#, A3M< *e*ber# reali#ti(ally #)pport

$air pay*ent# to A)#tralian Ch)r(h *)#i( (o*po#er# $or their (reati/e 'or+, and ade5)ate #alarie# $or pro$e##ional Ch)r(h *)#i(ian#, A)#tralian Catholi( (o*po#er# are proli$i(, #o there i# no la(+ o$ lo(al Ch)r(h *)#i(, ho'e/er the A)#tralian Catholi( Bi#hop# and their (ler&y ha/e #ho'n a *ar+ed rel)(tan(e to pro*ote #)$$i(ient A)#tralian Catholi( (o*po#ition#, 'hile at the #a*e ti*e pro*otin& o/er#ea# (o*po#ition#, Conte*porary Catholi( 'or#hip *)#i( introd)(ed $ro* o/er#ea# i# tolerated and 'idely )#ed be(a)#e o$ (heap (opyri&ht li(en#e deal#, b)t altho)&h 'ell +no'n, it i# )npop)lar, and #o*eti*e# ridi()led, a*on& A)#tralian Catholi( pari#hioner#, Thi# i# hardly #)rpri#in&, #in(e o/er#ea# *)#i( ha# no (onne(tion# 'ith A)#tralian hi#tory, *)#i(, and ()lt)re, or e/en 'ith the ()lt)re# o$ o)r i**i&rant pop)lation#, There i# #tron& lo(al alle&ian(e to the (onte*porary A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( repertoire, #een in b)r&eonin& C= and *)#i( #(ore #ale#, b)t only a tiny per(enta&e o$ lo(al A)#tralian Catholi( *)#i( $ind# it# 'ay into o$$i(ial A)#tralian Catholi( hy*nboo+# and Cathedral#, 4o(al A)#tralian (onte*porary hy*n# $or the Novus Ordo Ma## are o$ten pro*oted in #*all pari#he# a# an a((e##ible alternati/e to 4atin (hant and polyphony, A)#tralian Catholi( Cathedral# in(l)de both traditional and (onte*porary Catholi( *)#i( in their repertoire, b)t *o#t o$ the (onte*porary A)#tralian Catholi( Cathedral repertoire i# non-A)#tralian *)#i(, Ethni( Catholi( *)#i( in A)#tralia i# in/ariably 'ell *aintained, and i# ad*ired $or it# bea)ty, traditional 5)alitie#, per$or*an(e e2(ellen(e, and a)thenti(ity, >o'e/er 'e#ternized A)#tralian Catholi( pari#h (ler&y and (o**)nitie# o$ten $ail to *aintain both traditional and (onte*porary Ch)r(h *)#i(, <on#in&in& ro#ary &ro)p# ha/e been +no'n to rebellio)#ly #plit o$$ $ro* the *ain (on&re&ation, be(o*e depre##ed, and re#ort to i(ono(la#ti( #ilent 'or#hip at #po+en 0lo'1 Ma##e#, Thi# i# the ine/itable re#)lt o$ (on$)#in& and di#(o)ra&in& Ch)r(h *)#i( poli(ie#, 'hi(h pro*ote and re'ard a #*all elite &ro)p o$ 0#tar1 *)#i(ian# and (o*po#er# e2(e##i/ely, re#tri(t Ch)r(h *)#i( ed)(ation, e2(l)de Marian *)#i( and lo(al Ch)r(h *)#i( repertoire#, $ro* hi&h #tat)# lit)r&ie#, and i*po#e o/er#ea# Ch)r(h (o*po#ition# on o)r (o**)nitie#, 'hile #idelinin& lo(al A)#tralian *)#i(ian# 'ho try to parti(ipate in and (ontrib)te to Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i(, The#e *i#&)ided, #)ppre##i/e Ch)r(h *)#i( poli(ie# #ee* to #te* $ro* a /i#ion o$ a (o*petiti/e e(ono*i( *ar+etpla(e o$ &lobalized and hi&hly pro$itable Ch)r(h *)#i(, Thi# ha# nothin& in (o**on 'ith the Ch)r(h.# tea(hin&#, that lit)r&i(al Ch)r(h *)#i( i# an inte&ral part o$ the #o)r(e and #)**it o$ the lo(al, re&ional and )ni/er#al lit)r&y, and i# there$ore an e##ential part o$ the 'or+ o$ the 'hole, di/er#e b)t )ni$ied, parti(ipatin& E)(hari#ti( people o$ @od,

E2(ellen(e in A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(h *)#i( i# (ertainly po##ible 'ith the ri&ht e$$ort, b)t it# o(()rren(e i# e2tre*ely pat(hy, The i*perati/e o$ prod)(in& a (o*petent (hoir on the /i#it o$ a di&nitary in/ariably &al/anize# lo(al A)#tralian Catholi( Ch)r(he# (and e/en A)#tralian %dol#) into *)#i(al a(tion, B)t altho)&h thi# e$$ort *ay be prai#e'orthy, it i# not #)$$i(ient, and (annot #)b#tit)te $or a #o)nd 'or+in& #y#te* o$ $aith$)l Ch)r(h *)#i( *ini#try that #)pport# Chri#tian li$e#tyle# and /al)e#, and &i/e# a (on#i#tent, po#iti/e 'itne## to the 'ider 'orld, =e#pite o((a#ional, i*pre##i/e national Ch)r(h *)#i( lit)r&ie#, a daily habit o$ i&noran(e abo)t, (riti(i#* o$, and indi$$eren(e to'ard# Catholi( 'or#hip *)#i( tend# to 'ear do'n all hone#t e$$ort# to pro*ote better 5)ality lit)r&i(al *)#i( at the pari#h le/el, by #heer annoyan(e, To (o)nter the ener/atin& habit o$ drippin& (riti(al di#(o)ra&e*ent and #ar(a#* on Ch)r(h *)#i( and Catholi( *)#i( *ini#ter#, a *ore pro-a(ti/e, ener&eti(, po#iti/e approa(h, b)oyed )p by pro$e##ional *)#i( *ana&e*ent, lon&-ter* Ch)r(h *)#i( ed)(ation $or both ad)lt# and (hildren, e*ploy*ent o$ trained #ta$$, and pro/i#ion o$ in$ra#tr)(t)re and $)ndin&, i# ab#ol)tely e##ential in A)#tralia today,