In suggesting, in a comment made at a concert on 24 June which placed liturgical music by Palestrina alongside sacred works by Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci (from 1956 to 1997 the director of the Sistine Chapel Choir), that only traditional Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony, or music modeled on those forms, are suitable as accompaniment to Catholic worship, and in calling for an end to popular music in Catholic churches, Pope Benedict XVI didn't go nearly far enough. Instead, he should have, by ex cathedra declaration, outright condemned and declared anathema the Second Vatican Council's institution of the so-called "vernacular" Mass and simultaneous ban on the traditional Latin Mass, and condemned and declared anathema as well the pop, folk, and rock trash that, with the implicit imprimatur of Vatican II, supplanted traditional forms of liturgical music for use with the new vernacular Mass. The cheapening and trivialization of the once-noble ritual of the Mass, and the diminishing of Catholic authority worldwide consequent to the edicts of that grotesquely populist Vatican Council should have been a lesson to all — Catholics and non-Catholics, and institutions sacred and secular alike — on the evils of a gone-berserk populism.
And it should have been as well a lesson to the ever-growing number of perversely wrongheaded champions of the popularization of classical music generally, and of the classical music concert in particular, via the route of the mechanisms and trappings of popular culture.
Should have been, but wasn't. It's now, however, within the power of the new pope to again set things going on the right track within the world of the Catholic Church. Unhappily, no such authority exists to again set things going on the right track within the world of classical music.