Why Catholics Cant Sing

Thomas Day, Author Crossroad Publishing Company $19.95 (183p) ISBN 978-0-8245-1035-0
Day, head of the music department at Salve Regina College in Rhode Island, accurately and wittily skewers what passes for culture in American Catholicism, particularly as expressed in church music. He takes aim at the ``Irish-American'' repertoire of songs that comprise Catholic music in this country, and assails other less felicitous liturgical practices in vogue since Vatican II, such as applauding during Mass. ``Liturgical post-modernism,'' according to Day, has resulted in noisy and forced participation from the laity, and encourages a church-wide narcissism that is a serious threat to individuals as well as the institution. No mere nay-sayer, Day makes positive suggestions for nurturing the latent vitality he perceives in the American Catholic community. This is an informative, insightful and entertaining critique. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
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