"Today Our attention is directed to one of the most common of them (abuses), one of the most difficult to eradicate, and the existence of which is sometimes to be deplored in places where everything else is deserving of the highest praise; the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers. Such is the abuse affecting sacred chant and music."- St. Pius X, Pope
Gaia and Antiochus both are welcome in the Archdiocese of Toronto!
Update: Confirmed from the concert organiser. "All details of the concert were discussed with ( ), the lady in
charge of the events at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Posters of the event were
dropped off at the Archdiocese in Toronto at 1155 Yonge Street, where they were further
distributed to Catholic Churches across the GTA." Clearly, this took place with the full knowledge of someone at the Chancery office, not just the Cathedral. Again, what happened to the policy on concerts in churches under the late Cardinal Ambrozic which was in accord with the norms issued by the CDWDS?
Angelica's sensual performance in St. Michael's Cathedral
House of God turned into a cabaret
Look at what they've done to the Temple of God
Please excuse your writer for being a year or two behind the time but this is what they hope for. You understand right?; they want these things to pass under the radar (May 2011). Then one day, someone organises a concert in a Catholic Church with a composition of the Divine Liturgy dedicated to a pagan goddess known as Gaia and dares to call it a Mass and it is reported. Some other people read it make recollection of other events. I've now asked a third time for the policy of the Archdiocese of Toronto on concerts in churches. We had one once under Cardinal Ambrozic.
Msgr. Ronan is not amused
What you see above and below is so far from what is permitted in a Church and is nothing less than a scandal. This is a desecration of the sanctuary for commercial purposes. No fee or donation to the Cathedral can justify such a use of this sacred space. A lounge singer concert (and I mean lounge singer in the most positive of ways) in a strapless dress, singing profane music in the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The signing of autographs and selling of (non-religious) items in the forecourt. A poster showing her bare midriff, close ups of her body during the concert -- all of this in front of the Altar of Sacrifice! The Rector of St. Michael's Cathedral, Father Michael Busch has shown a failure of stewardship and a complete disregard for the sanctity of this place and the Holy of Holies. He should be ashamed of his dereliction in this regard; debasing this House of God for money! Is it any wonder why people find refuge in the SSPX? Is there not something fundamentally wrong with the Church and the administration of a diocese when this is allowed to happen?
Don't we take our hats off in Church?
The Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins lives at the Bishop's Palace attached to the Cathedral where this desecration occurred. Your Eminence this is wrong, we are owed an explanation. What are you going to do about this? What are you going to do to ensure that this kind of desecration in our churches is going to stop? What about reparation to God? No artist has a right to desecrate the Cathedral with a secular, commercial performance in a sacred space set apart for the worship of God.
The dress is beautiful, the woman is obviously talented and fully suitable to Roy Thomson Hall, but not here, not in the Cathedral of Toronto. Concerts of this type are simply not to be held in churches, the Vatican Congregation responsible has already stated it.
The quote below is from a composition about Jesus sung and available in the authorised links below. "nobody's wrong, and nobody's right, we're all givers of light... you just be true, be truthful to yourself, and lead as you really are..." The "Dictatorship of Relativism" sung loud and proud in St. Michael's Cathedral Cabaret; but I can tell you with every certainty; this is not what Jesus would say. I ask you, could Antiochus have done worse?
See also: http://torontocatholicwitness.blogspot.ca/2013/04/abomination-in-sanctuary-st-michaels.html http://torontocatholicwitness.blogspot.ca/2013/04/abomination-of-desolation-st-michaels.html