Yes, but I've been thinking about this for a while.
I do hope to become a priest someday, but there's a big thing that scares me, having to do with my race and my view of liturgy.
Now, I'm African-American (Actually, Irish on my dad's side, but it's not physically evident) I'm also all for the reform of the reform. Now, as there are few black priests, most of the ones ordained go to predominantly black parishes, usually on the assumption that they are familiar with gospel music and other supposedly black christian practices. I am familiar with them, as I grew up with them, but I'm extremely far removed from them. So what's your average black parish like?
*Female altar servers
*drums, guitars,pianos, and other instruments Condemned by Pius X in Tra Le Sollecitudine
*Liturgical prancing-Um, dancing.
*Unsuitable vessels used in the Mass (glass,plastic,wood.)
*Gospel music and outdated music (Haughen,Haas, Farrel,etc.)
*Kinte cloth and other patterns in non-liturgical patterns.
Now, what do you think I like? Why,what the church has always supported!
*All male servers
*Organ only. (Orchestral masses ocassionally)
*Ad orientem,incense every Sunday
*Gold vessels,or gilded silver (Must be artistic)
*Chant,Polyphony, good choral music (Francis Poulenc being the only composer form the 1960's that I'll use.)
*Cloth of gold, good brocade or silk vestments. Fiddlebacks and birettas reccomended.
Se I'd agree with them on nothing. It'd be a total waste of time for the diocese, and only a cause of strife. It would be by far better that they send an aging liberal priest there, regardless of age, than to send a traditional priest there because he would be young and African-American. It would be like sending Bishop Williamson to St. Joan's. But I fear that the common generalisation that all black Catholics like gospel music and liturgical oddities will overrule yours truly being an obvious exception. Is it true that a priest must bury his own personality? Yes, but this would not at all be good for me, should I become a priest, or the parish I would pastor, should I become a parish priest.
I also find it quite ironic, that the National Black Catholic cobgress admits three things:
A) When gospel music was introduced into parishes in the 70's, parishes grew in size
B) Parishes that use gospel music now are not growing, but are made predominately of men and woman over 50.
C) Parishes that use gospel music are'nt producing vocations.
Wouldn't the logical decision be to try something else? No!,Of course not, you know how liberalism works. "If our method fails, then nothing will work." I also hate how they constantly refer to "The European model of worship." Chant,polyphony, organ music and traditional Catholic hymns are all "European", so don't use them. What a silly dichotomy! The church is universal, and the music of the church is univeral.(and chant, polyphony and organ are the organic music of the church. Anything else is an intrusion) How many people know how the st. Augustine mass goes? Comparatively with the reat of the church, not many. But how many millions know chant masses ( like the famous De Angelis, or Orbis Factor, or Genitator Alme for instance, )by heart? Latin is the language of the church, and anyone can learn how to pronounce it. It brings us together, while vernacular settings popular in a single area separates us. [/rant]