Marty Haugen Music To Be Outlawed Under New Geneva Convention Resolution

October 24, 2013 by  
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Geneva, Switzerland–New guidelines set down by the international community during the fifth Geneva Convention this week has extensively defined the basic, spiritual wartime rights of the Church Militant by outlawing all Marty Haugen music used in and around war-zones. What is officially being called The Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Parishioners in Times of Spiritual War has become the fifth convention establishing the standards on international law for the humanitarian treatment of spiritual war. “Our new resolution states that all Catholics who are in the process of spiritual warfare are to be treated humanely,” Said General of the Counsel Robert Durant at a press conference earlier this morning. “The following acts are to be henceforth prohibited: Violence to life and person, in particular, cruel treatment and torture by means of being made to listen to Gather Us In. Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment such as asking parishioners to sing along to We Remember. And finally, all acts requiring parishioners to listen to said music during the reception of communion.”

  • Gerry

    Behind the name “Marty Haugen” is a human being. What entitles us to make fun of this person. He never imposed his music on anyone, did he? Even if he did, what exempts us from our first duty of Christian charity?

    • John

      Exactly, Gerry.

    • Tony

      No, Marty Haugen the Protestant liberal has never *personally* imposed his music on anyone. It’s been done mostly by GIA, OCP, parish liturgists, music/choir directors, and other worship-related decision-makers with no taste, everywhere.

    • Jeffrey Quick

      Nobody is making fun of Marty Haugen. Some fun is being had at the expense of Marty Haugen’s music, which is not the same thing. Are you as eager to defend all those who, for the past 50 years, tried to defend traditional Catholic music?

    • Chris

      Gerry, Christians are called to love all sinners, but not their sins. We must love Marty Haugen, but not his music.

      • Concerned

        How is making music sinful? You had better take your own advice.

      • Veronica

        This could pertain to other musicians, no? Barry Manilow…Michael Bolton…Yanni?

    • Carrie Wehmeyer

      It’s not him, it’s the people who decide to flood our masses with his tasteless, vapid music. It’s not uncharitable to wish for sacred music with your liturgy. No offense to Marty Haugen or whoever wrote the song they sang at Mass last week that sounded suspiciously similar to “Sweet Transvestite” from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    • AnneG

      “What entitles us to make fun of this person?”
      Crappy music! And he’s a Lutheran!

  • http://catholicwvengeance.wordpress.com/ Rachel Gohlman

    How I wish this were true.,

  • John

    You know, I really get tired of all this church music bashing. Please stop. Listen, one’s reaction to a certain type of music is an entirely personal thing. Whatever one thinks of Haugen’s stuff — I like some of it a lot and others not so much — the fact of the matter is that there was probably a lot of bad church music written in every century and era since man began to worship that ineffable Something or Someone that we have come to call God. The good stuff lasts and becomes classic; the other stuff fades away. No song, hymn, cantata, sonata, etude, or whatever is going to please every listener. Whether the music grates or elevates, remember that you’re there to worship God, not be entertained.

    • Janet

      John, everything you state after “the fact of the matter, like Haugen’s music, misses the fact of the matter: the music which accompanies the mass is supposed to be edifying and worshipful, not insipid and self aggrandizing, like pop music. It is supposed to be integral to the mass, not endured like the background music at the supermarket. There also is no place in the mass for a “top 40″ like selection process for music. Every time his music is played is an opportunity missed to appreciate the eternal awesomeness of the mass.

  • Romagno

    This will change the entire calculus of the Really Bad Liturgical Music Category of the Grammy Awards. Weston Priory is now the odds-on favorite.

  • Susan Gallen

    Oh, if this were only true. Makes “Mother Dear Oh pray for me” sound like Beethoven.

  • VLL

    I am sure Marty Haugen, the person, is a wonderful human being. Blessings be upon him. His music leaves something to be desired, particularly at Cavalry.

  • Carrie Wehmeyer

    How does Dan Schutte get off scott free here? Our church has started using a new hymnal, filled with liberal, fake Simon and Garfunkel claptrap and cynically entitled: “the Saint Augustine Hymnal”. Maybe it’s a tribute to his pre-conversion taste.

    • http://EyeoftheTiber Young

      We just got the St. Augustine Hymnal sio I can’t say one way or the other. But since bing in the choir we got it sooner than the people in the pews. I quickly went through it and the one good thing that I can see is where they put in the old hymns the orginal words are put back. In the previous hymnal quite a few of the older hymns either they add new verses then rearange the older verses to fit. Or rewrite the sond a together to the point of you can’t recognize it. The music director that we will like it. But I am holding off for a while to get a better take on it.

  • http://www.hfwharton.org Father Bob Knippenberg

    “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship” (USCCB, 2007): “The musical judgment asks whether this composition has the necessary aesthetic qualities that can bear the weight of the mysteries celebrated in the Liturgy.” (n. 134) “To admit to the Liturgy the cheap, the trite, or the musical cliche often found in secular popular songs is to cheapen the Liturgy, to expose it to ridicule, and to invite failure.” (n. 135)

  • Jackson

    Gerry is pulling a card from the liberal deck, and that card is the ad hominem attack. He is attacking personally anyone who is criticizing Haugen’s music. There are several tenets of Liberalism. From defending evil by any means, to rejecting moral absolutes, to setting violence against those with opposing views. Gerry has chosen the violence against those with opposing views track.

  • AnneG

    Besides trite, bad, pop style music is very bad theology. I’ve heard people quote song lyrics as doctrinal statements. Music teaches and Haugen, Haas, Harbor and the rest of Spirit and Song teach heresy. I really hope Gerry is kidding.

  • http://madamescherzo.tumblr.com Jewel

    Feelings. Nothing more than feelings.

  • http://madamescherzo.tumblr.com Jewel

    I’m a recent convert to Catholicism, and one of the things I miss is the polyphonic harmonizing of beautiful liturgical music. It was a kind of culture shock for me to hear the rather weak and dull pablum of Schutte and Haugen and Co. It can’t be harmonized, either vocally or liturgically. It is suckworthy, to be charitable.

    • F.A.

      ‘suckworthy’ is a great word.

    • drwilltx

      Our Traditional Latin Mass parish (Mater Dei in Dallas, TX) hears Gregorian Chant, Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, inter alia …

  • joe walsh

    Jackson – that is too funny – taking a line from the conservative playbook, and accusing “liberals” of perpetrating precisely usual conservative tack. Watch Bill O Reilly for two minutes and you will see! I have another theory about all this. I believe that in order to get to the bottom of any issue, one should follow the money. The organizations who spew out most of the musical dross, OCP, GIA etc make large profits. The music is usually badly written, arranged for some kind of guitar/keyboard lash-up, which requires, counter-intuitively, quite an accomplished player to really make sound like music, and then fobbed off to unsuspecting and trusting amateurs in the NPM, the major outlet. I believe the whole lot of them are in cahoots, and making a lot of money fooling a lot of folks who don’t know any better. There, I said it! Discuss!

  • http://acatholicknight.blogspot.com David W. Cooney

    Jewel,

    Welcome to the Church. I grew up with the banal music all too frequently found with the post-Conciliar liturgy. Fortunately, I found a parish where I can enjoy the uplifting sounds of both plain and polyphonic chant with the traditional liturgy (a.k.a. the “Extraoridnary Form”). One of my first thoughts on experiencing this was, “Why on earth did so many parishes and dioceses toss this music, and this liturgy out?”

    If you have the opportunity in your area, I recommend you try it out. It took me about four Sundays to get the rhythm of the traditional Mass and follow in the Missal.

  • A. Crawford

    I’m amazed at some of the humorless people on here. Why are they reading this blog? Aside from the humor aspect, though, Christian charity does not consist in having to put up with music that is an insult to Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist without even protesting. It wasn’t Christian charity to impose the music on the flock to begin with, and it isn’t uncharitable to call it what it is: self-centered lyrics set to mediocre music. Now, if you use it as an excuse to stay home from Mass, that’s a whole ‘nother deal…and we would need to have a talk about loving the Lord enough to go to Mass and share in His suffering.

    • BarefootCobbler

      The music at many parishes falls way short, often it’s appalling and I feel like I’ve stumbled into the Muppet Mass or something. We’re fortunate to have a wonderful music director at ours.

  • Paul Schumann

    I wish!

  • Susan J Melkus

    ‘Pray in peace and serenity, sing *intelligently* and in a good state – and you will be like a young eagle soaring high in the sky.’

    St. Nilus of Sinai

    I don’t soar high when I hear some of these songs where I go to weekday Mass. I rather cringe. Cringing isn’t soaring. BUT, then I remain in prayer after Mass and get my ‘soaring wings’ readjusted. It’s not music that makes one soar, but it does at times, make one sore. :/

  • Anthony Doyle

    This explains everything! I’m a (junior) Military chaplain and always thought the Haugen/Schutte stuff played by the Garrison organist was merely poor taste and inadequate liturgical oversight. I now realise that it’s a form of pre-deployment training for cadets. From now on I will have greater faith in the Chain of Command. Thanks Eye of the Tiber. I feel very emotional about this.

  • Michael Leggett

    & I wonder WHY I now head to the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom?
    Haugen, Schutte & Company are Avoided like The Plague in the Eastern Catholic Churches.