I have been told by more than one orthodox Catholic (lay and clergy) that the song “Amazing Grace” should never be sung at a Catholic Mass. I have heard various reasons (e.g., it is incompatible with Catholic theology), but I want to know definitively if this is correct and exactly why. Personally, I never could stand the song, primarily from a vocalist’s point of view.
Because “Amazing Grace” has lyrics that do not fully reflect Catholic belief and can be doctrinally-confusing for Catholics, I cannot recommend that “Amazing Grace” be played at a Catholic Mass. That said, I am not aware of any official stand by the Church on the issue.