I’ve been battling with this in my head for a couple days now and it’s getting frustrating to get different answers from different people.
The issue is this:
Is it okay to sing non-Catholic Christian music in a youth group?
The music is composed by different non-Catholic people, and although the lyrics are just about praising God and don’t include anything contrary to the Catholic faith, they are still composed by Evangelical protestants, and some non-denominational Christians.
It’s frustrating because I’ve heard arguments from both sides, these are some of them:
-We’ve been playing these songs for years and never had a problem with our coordinators.
-They are good, upbeat songs and the teens like them; so we can attract more teens.
-As long as they don’t say anything wrong, there is no problem.
-Last year I heard the choir sang one of them during the confirmation Mass for our teens.
-Some of those songs have been played at Catholic Youth Conventions.
-Since they are composed by Evangelicals and other protestant authors, some of them might carry the Protestant theology.
-If the teens listen to the songs played at a Protestant service they’ll think it’ll be okay to stay there; since the music is the same, they won’t see anything wrong with it. (I actually know a couple teens that left the Catholic Church because of this.)
-There is plenty of good Catholic music, you don’t need to look outside the Church.
What should I do? I am the youth group coordinator btw, and I play in the choir as well.
I thought about asking my Priest, but I’m afraid he’s just gonna say “Oh it’s okay, I don’t see anything wrong with that, go ahead!”