Wednesday, April 8, 2015

An Odd Synchronicity

I have to admit a propensity to read and consider the thoughts of that particularly difficult (Catholic) historian, Garry Wills. Oddity of oddities, sometimes I'll read a chapter or two of his while listening to Immaculate Heart Radio. Anyway, the near simultaneous release of Will's latest book and the surely magnificent tome of Fr. Samuel Weber's English Propers presents an interesting notion as well as coincidence: is Anglophone Catholicism conceding the "universality of Latin" argument by attrition? Will's first premise in his "Future..." centers around contentions about the conditions (well documented) by which Latin was promulgated as the sacral language initially and its evolution as a binding agent well into the 21st century. Of course, his position isn't in concert with the magisterial dialectic through the course of centuries of official consideration and examination. But one has to ask if many of our most ardent proponents of the reinvigoration of the use of Latin chant and the restoration of the Propers are essentially conceding the argument (echoed by Wills' characterization) of the principal place provided Latin Chant ratified via Vatican II and resuscitated by Summorum Pontificum?
To be fair, I think one ought to at least read the Will's book, or at least reviews of the portion deliberating Latin as both catholic and Catholic, in light of the ever-growing cottage industry of English chant resources such as Frs. Kelly and Weber et al have afforded us