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 Contents - Mar 2006AD2000 March 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The challenge facing Pope Benedict - Peter Westmore
Documents: Benedict's first encyclical 'Deus Caritas Est' speaks to the heart of the Faith - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Archbishop Hickey: how to address the crisis of faith - Archbishop Barry Hickey
Mass: How can differences over the Liturgy be resolved? - Fr John O'Neill
Liturgy: Eucharistic faith: why the Mass needs re-enchanting - Alvin F. Kimel Jr
Modernism: 'New Church' not true Church: what modernists believe - Pastor Remotus
Vocations: Dominican Sisters: religious vocations continue to rise in Nashville - Tracey Rowland
The distribution of Holy Communion past and present: an historical survey - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM
Media: Archbishop Hickey presents the Christian message on TV - Daniel Tobin
Letters: The Fortified School - Chris Hilder
Letters: The Eucharist - Jim Howe
Letters: Adore 2006 in Brisbane - Tim Wallace
Letters: New Age - Richard Congram
Letters: Intelligent Design - Peter Barnes
Letters: Canadian Lectionary - Matt Walton
Letters: St John Vianney - Maureen Wright
Letters: Guitars - John Daly
Letters: Elitism - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Relic of the '70s - Don Gaffney
Letters: Vaccines and abortion - Judy Law
Letters: Gender neutral - P.F. Gill
Books: 'The Case For Marriage' by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Edith Stein Discovered: A Personal Portrait, by Pat Lyne OCDS - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Black Robe And Tomahawk: Fr Pierre-Jean De Smet SJ (1801-1873) - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Golden Priest, Wooden Chalice, by Fr Tim Norris - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: Bringing Christ's love to the bereaved: a ministry for Catholic parishes - Fr Dennis Byrnes

Josephine Landsberg's letter (February AD2000) was presumably meant to provide support for Chris Wilson's rejection of my comments on the unsuitability of the guitar as a liturgical instrument.

While her contribution is really peripheral to the main argument (classical Spanish guitar on Christmas Eve in an ancient church hardly compares with strumming out "Come as you are" on a normal Sunday in a post-Vatican II church), it nevertheless provides an opportunity to tie the thread back to where it started, namely, the recent Synod of Bishops.

The Synod was featured in the February AD2000 in a report on some of its outcomes, taken from an interview with Cardinal Francis Arinze. In discussing music in the liturgy, the Cardinal is quoted as saying, "I will not now pronounce and say never guitar. That would be rather severe. But much of guitar music may not be suitable at all for the Mass."

Possibly Josephine's experience of 25 years ago could be the type of event that might cause the Cardinal to refrain from saying "never." However, the very fact that he even contemplated saying "never guitar" should give pause for thought to church guitarists. But then, as I remarked in my original letter, who takes notice of anything that comes out of Rome these days? Many priests don't; why should the laity?

JOHN DALY
Greensborough Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 2 (March 2006), p. 16

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