… and the mainstream media missed it.
Here it is (get ready for this): the Sistine choir sings Gregorian Chant according to the interpretation theory of semiology. Not even eighth notes divides into groups of 2s and 3s with an ictus, but with various rhythmic subtleties based on early manuscripts.
I’m still here in Collegeville, but someone I know looked over the shoulder of a Sistine chorister in Rome and saw the markings in the score. Additional rhythmic signs over some notes, and this scribbled above the communio: “con semiologia.”
How did the reporters miss this? I guess they’re hung up on the small stuff – no mozzetta, no red shoes, simplified obedience of only 6 representative cardinals, emphasis on the poor and the environment, and the like.