Always check your sources and never blog at 1 a.m.
OK. The demise of guitar masses is not impending. The Daily Breakfast podcast has a great discussion of what was actually said (with reference to the Italian original). Here’s another article with the raw facts. A pope, making comments after a concert, is not making an ex cathedra pronouncement.
“An authentic updating of sacred music cannot occur except in line with the great tradition of the past, of Gregorian Chant, and of sacred polyphony. This is why, in the musical field, as well as in that of other artistic forms, the ecclesial community has always promoted and supported those who investigate new expressive ways without rejecting the past, the history of the human spirit, which is also the history of its dialogue with God.”
And I can agree with that. It’s more or less the point I was trying to make last night.