What are the Catholic church’s views on contemporary music?
Can you still be a devout Catholic and listen to modern music? http://www.youtube.com/anthonyyaff
What are appropriate genres of music? Should any genre be condemned? The Answer is NO. Any genre of music is permitted if it: Does not go against the teachings of Catholic Morality (order of creation) Correctly discerns the purpose of it’s creation.
Proper context for contemporary Music Worship outside of church Youth Groups Music Worship through your favourite genres of music is not condemned by church teaching. It is beneficial for teens and young adults to live a Catholic life by incorporating Christian values into their every day lives, including music.
Cotemporary music for worship? Stellar Kart – Me and Jesus
Can you violate Catholic morality by listening to music? Yes. Examples of violations of Catholic Morality?
Chastity "any man who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart," (Matthew 5:28) Sin does not begin with our actions, but rather in the mind. Unchaste thoughts are considered a violation against chastity. "Sin is a desire contrary to the eternal law,“ - St. Thomas Aquinas
Statistics There is a direct correlation between the amount of media with sexually explicit material and an increased rate of teenage pregnancy. Does Watching Sex on Television Predict Teen Pregnancy?, Anita Chandra,PHD, Teens who watch a lot of sexually explicit media are at double the risk of early pregnancy than those who do not watch sexual content. -Sex on TV Increases Teen Pregnancy. Time Magazine.
Substance abuse Many contemporary music contains explicit lyrics encouraging drug and alcohol abuse. This is very common in Music videos
Kesha – Tik Tok Lyrics: ….Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack …. Ain’t got a care in world, but got plenty of beer
Violence/Theft Paper Planes by M.I. A All I want to do is *Gun shot sounds* and take your money
Why shouldn’t we listen to music with explicit content? In scripture: “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Colossians 3:16 ).
Can you Listen to music with explicit music without going against it’s Purpose? No. One cannot worship and listen to music that clearly violates Laws set in motion by the Creator. Natural law
What is the purpose of music? (Natural law) God’s purpose for music: The purpose of music is to glorify God and bring us closer to God Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. (Psalms 66:1-2) Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. (Psalms 33:1-4)
What about secular music with appropriate content? (Natural Law) Secular music can realise the full potential of it’s purpose. 2) The One and the Same God is both Creator and Revealer. 3) Therefore the Will of God is reflected in both the "Order of Creation" (the way things are put together) willed by God, and the "Revelation of Scripture" willed by God. 4) When human reasoning correctly discerns the "order of creation" it cannot contradict the "revelation of Scripture," correctly interpreted. 5) The Catholic Church's commitment to Education and openness to all forms of learning (including the physical and social sciences) is rooted in the conviction that truthful, valid reasoning about reality brings us closer to the Mind and Will of God. -Dr. Brodie (Gilbrodie.ca)
Natural law Justin Bieber – Never say Never Criteria Does the song correctly discern the "order of creation“? Yes. Therefore this goes hand in with scripture and tradition. The Catholic Church's commitment to Education and openness to all forms of learning (including the physical and social sciences) is rooted in the conviction that truthful, valid reasoning about reality brings us closer to the Mind and Will of God. -Dr. Brodie
Natural Law Justin Bieber – Never say Never And there's just no turning back, When your hearts under attack, Gonna give everything I have, It's my destiny. I will never say never! (I will fight) I will fight till forever! (make it right) Whenever you knock me down, I will not stay on the ground. Pick it up, Pick it up, Pick it up, Pick it up up up, And never say never Matthew 10:22 22and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. James 1:12 Trial and Temptation 12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Discussion Do you think that you can live a Catholic life and listen to music with explicit content? Are we condoning sin by listening and purchasing explicit music? Are we accountable? Do you think contemporary Christian music should be used in liturgy?
Test your Knowledge (1999) Dr. Barbara Resch of Indiana University conducted a study. Gave 500 teenagers across the USA a survey on which genres they deemed to be appropriate in the liturgical church setting.
Which genre was deemed the most appropriate by Teens for Catholic liturgy? A) Choral music B) Christian rock C) Christian pop D) All of the above Source: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2006/08/t eens-on-rock-music-in-church-blech.html
Answer:A) The majority Catholic teens agreed that contemporary music was not appropriate for liturgy.
Why is this so? Non-denominational students who listened modern Christian music during their weekly church services, considered contemporary music to be more appropriate. Why not Catholic teens?
They accepted the traditional liturgical music as the norm for church context. They accept the genre of music already set in motion by the Church, even though they still listened contemporary music.
Conclusion You can “ROCK ON” and be a devout Catholic