Religion: Singing at Mass

Last month Bishop Joseph Schrembs of Cleveland opened a Music Week at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, crying: "We have become mute in the Catholic Church. We have become silent worshippers sitting in our pews almost as lifeless as the wood of those pews. . . ." Bishop Schrembs quoted Pope Pius XI, who issued an encyclical on the subject in 1929, and Walter Damrosch who told him : "You have the most wonderful music in the world . . . and you have robbed your people of the privilege of community singing....

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