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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

RIP to a true son of the Church

Today we learn that the soul of Domenico Cardinal Bartolucci has departed this world to meet its maker. What? You mean his name isn't familiar to you? Don't feel bad. His presence was an obscure one, and made even more so by the persecution he suffered late in his career.

You see, as director of the Sistine Choir, he insisted on -- gasp! -- having the most beautiful, traditional music possible. Arguably, he helped keep Gregorian chant and polyphony alive within the Vatican. For this, the modernist influences within the papal household, particularly the liturgical department, had him summarily dismissed. You can read more about the controversy here.

However, he was, to use a communist term, "rehabilitated" when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI raised him to the dignity of cardinal.

His funeral takes places today (maybe even at this moment?). Please say a prayer for the happy repose of his soul, possibly this one: Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.

RIP to a true son of the Church.

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