Pope Benedict’s Speech regarding Church music, after receiving Honorary Doctorate in Castel Gandolfo

Please read Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI thoughts on sacred music. He has many great thoughts which all lead to the conclusion that the music at the mass must be worthy of the divine and not a barn dance.

  At Castel Gandolfo recently,  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was conferred with a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the John Paul II Pontifical University of Krakow and from the Academy of Music of Krakow, Poland. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow and Grand Chancellor of the John Paul II Pontifical University, conferred the two degrees.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

At this moment, I cannot but express my greatest and most cordial gratitude for the honor you have given me conferring the Doctoratus Honoris Causa. I thank the Grand Chancellor, his dear Eminence Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, and the academic Authorities of both Athenaeums. I rejoice above all over the fact that in this way my bond with Poland, with Krakow, with the homeland of our great Saint John Paul II has become more profound, because without him, my spiritual and theological journey would not have even been imaginable. With his brilliant example he also showed us how the…

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