I am watching the replay of Pope Benedict's Mass from National's Stadium on EWTN. I didn't catch it all but turned the TV on right at the very end of the homily.
I just have to say about the music . . . . TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who planned this? Pope Benedict has been quite clear about his thoughts on liturgical music. The music utilized for this Mass was the exact opposite of everything the Holy Father has said about liturgical music.
The jazzy, lounge singer number during Holy Communion was particularly awful.
Are those who were in charge of planning (I have to assume there were some high ranking church officials and liturgist involved) just plain ignorant or so full of arrogance that they can't respect Pope Benedict's very vocal teachings on this matter?
Kudos to Raymond Arroyo and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus for not shying way from being critical of the music and pointing out Pope Benedicts repeated teachings on liturgical music.
It could just be me, but I couldn't help but feel that many times when the camera would go close up on Pope Benedict during some of the painful music blaring forth that he looked visibly disturbed by it.