Rating Midnight Mass at the Vatican.
Evidently it didn't meet with approval by some Catholics - the music was off.*
I turned on the Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica for a little bit. It was an object lesson in how not to sing Gregorian chant. Excruciating. The pace of this would put a funeral face one just about anyone. It’s great that they have some Gregorian chant, it being the sacred music that Second Vatican Council elevated above all others, but… at least sing it right. How hard is this?The complaint used to be there was no chant used, or the choir was notoriously poor - even when the acceptable popes were celebrating Mass at Christmas. This Christmas chant was used, but it wasn't right - it missed. People stopped their ears, turned the tv channel, while a near riot was caused in the basilica, people shouting for it to stop.
Do people just go to Mass to hear it read properly, to be entertained by delightful music and elaborate vestments and elegant decor ... while every little detail must be slavishly accurate for them to be properly edified? Perhaps that is what brings in the donations?
*I don't have cable and to my knowledge the Mass wasn't broadcast on local channels. I went to a very early Christmas Mass on Christmas Day - gloriously ordinary.
Corked you say? I'll ask people to send
you more Christmas cards then, if that will make you happy.