Bishop Alexander Sample is still bishop of Marquette, Michigan, but on January 29 he was named archbishop of Portland, Oregon. It has been noted that Bishop Sample celebrates the Extraordinary Form (the unreformed pre-Vatican II rite of Mass) in the Marquette Cathedral. As archbishop of Portland, he will (among other things) lead the board of directors of OCP (Oregon Catholic Press).

On January 21, Bishop Sample issued a Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music in Divine Worship., “Rejoice in the Lord Always.” I invite your carefuly study and commentary on the document.

I see that the document cites the Vatican II liturgy constitution, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 13 times – more than any other source. But Bishop Sample has a particular slant on Vatican II and which parts of it he wants to emphasize.

Bishop Sample quotes Pope Pius X’s 1903 motu proprio “Tra le sollecitudini” 6 times, in second place (tied with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal) of all sources he cites.

The US bishops’ 2007 document “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship“? Not so much. One citation. Yup, one.

The primary post-Vatican II Roman document on music, Musican sacram of 1967? One.

Pius XI and Pius XII each appear once. Paul VI? Forget it.

JP2 is cited three times – no doubt because his very low-level 2003 chirograph on the hundredth anniversary of 1903 draws on 1903 so heavily. Benedict XVI is also cited three times.

The reinterpretation of Vatican II continues apace. 1903 is in big time.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on Portland.

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