Praised be Jesus Christ!
I am a Roman Catholic, who loves Gregorian Chant - but is absolutely in no way in favor of the SSPX or other traditionalist sects that do not accept the Second Vatican Council, etc.
I am wondering what others think here - could a faithful Catholic buy the CDs at chantcd.com in good conscience? They are sung by seminarians at an SSPX seminary in MN. They are not being sold by them directly - but I believe they may receive some profit. They are not very expensive however.
I am very interested in learning and becoming more familar with Gregorian Chant. There are so many beautiful hymns/antiphons, etc that I have never heard before. The chant Compendium CDs at chantcd.com have a lot of different tracts on them. The organ in the background is also beautiful.
I have several chant cds from Benedictine monks & nuns which I love. I am interested in listening to some with the organ accompaniment also however.
In addition, I am discerning religious life, and am seriously considering a few places that have the full revised Roman Rite Office in Latin with Gregorian Chant, or a couple (in union with Rome) that have the Tridentine Rite. Several of the places have the chant accompanied by organ - which I also may need to learn. So I would really like to become more and more familar with this music.
I have searched for music offered by the FSSP, and they have a few, but mostly just for special times of the year, like Advent or Holy Thursday. The Institute of Christ the King has one also of a couple Masses of Our Lady. I have all the CDs the Clear Creek, OK Benedictines have on their site, sung by the monks at their Motherhouse in France - which are incredible!!
But anyway, I am debating on whether or not I can buy these chantcd.com CDs in good conscience. There is absolutley NO WAY I would ever join the SSPX or any disobedient traditionalist sect - NO WAY.
On a side note though, one negative thing I just noticed about the site, is that the forum on it is filled with disobedient/traditionalist discussions …
But the chant on these CDs sung by SSPX seminarians is beautiful, and could help me a lot in becoming more familar with all the different pieces - hymns/antiphons, etc.
For instance, here’s a Godtube clip of them singing, Salve Festa Dies. I had never heard of this hymn, before I ran into this clip. It is beautiful! And looking up the lyrics in English - wow! What a deep and incredible piece! And I learned, it is a special hymn of the Church sung at Easter.
I could make a special point to pray for the SSPX when, and before or after, I listen to their music.
I was just thinking - it is not like the music originates from them. It is the Church’s music - inspired and created many centuries ago in union with Magisterium and the Holy Father and bishops and everything. It is seems unfair really, that they can almost claim this music as their own if that makes any sense - or that I can’t find CDs like this with so many tracts, and with the organ accompaniment from communities/orders/seminaries in union with Rome.
I was also thinking - a lot of the sacred music I have isn’t necessarily sung by the most orthodox people. The same goes for actors and actresses in some of our favorite Catholic movies.
It is never good to compare to negatives however - but again, anyway - what do you guys think? Would it be okay to buy chant sung by the SSPX or not?