I wish to acknowledge and confirm what Xavier Rindfleisch posted yesterday while I was en route from NAAL in San Francisco. I read the comment late last night when I got back to the abbey and have given myself a bit of time today before replying to it.
Yes, for the past approximately five years I headed up ICEL’s music committee developing the chants of the forthcoming English missal. It was wonderfully stimulating work, and I am very grateful for my experiences – all of them positive – working with ICEL.
In November I was informed by Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director of ICEL, that I would not be involved in the final stage of revising the music for the prefaces whose texts had been (yet again) changed. I suspect I was terminated because of pressure for Rome, since the letter stated that ICEL’s collaborators could not be seen to facilitate criticism of the Holy See in the public domain.
I am impressed that Msgr. Wadsworth delivered this difficult news to me with such sensitivity, such high respect both for my scholarly judgments and for my freedom to express them. I don’t think a parting of ways could be any more amicable or mutually respectful.
Now that my work with ICEL is known publicly, and now that I am not involved in the production of the forthcoming missal, I feel the freedom to speak more openly. I hope I am able to do so with wise judgment, concern for the good of the Church, and respect for everyone involved in a new missal which is, I am convinced, a mistake.