While the current clerical sex scandal in the United States is a profound moral dis grace, it also points to a leadership crisis of monumental proportions. That the church's leadership (bishops, priests, seminary professors, theologians) engaged in, encouraged, allowed, or even protected such shameful behavior for so long is a serious dereliction of duty. It is the duty of such men to preserve pure and intact the Deposit of Faith, yet most of us know that many of these guardians of Sacred Tradition have shown little respect for the precious treasure they were supposed to be guarding.
What does all this have to do with liturgical music? The connection is that, while Sacred Tradition consists of teachings on faith and morals received, protected, and hand ed on, it also consists of liturgical customs. Admittedly these liturgical customs are sub ordinate, but subordinate only in the sense that they are supportive. They are not irrele vant nor are they separable. Here we need to take a page from our Eastern Christian brethren for whom all of Sacred Tradition is a seamless garment. They would no more think of having a Teen Life Rock-n-Roll Divine Liturgy than we would think of jetti soning faith and morals but keeping the Tridentine Mass. The two things go together.
The upshot is this: Any guardian of Tradition who shows a serious, sustained disre
spect for orthodox faith or morals is not doing his job.
Similarly, any guardian of
Tradition who shows a serious, sustained disrespect for liturgical customs (including the treasury of sacred music) is not doing his job. In the secular world what usually hap pens when a guardian is found seriously deficient in his duties?
FROM THE EDITOR