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Official calls for Vatican office to preserve sacred music

The president of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music has said that a special Vatican office is needed to work specifically to safeguard sacred music.

Fr Valenti Miserachs Grau, who is also the organist at St Peter's, told Zenit that the tradition of sacred music is vulnerable because it is not under the direction of any Vatican congregation or commission, as is the case with communications, culture, and education, and other priorities.

He said the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has some competency in this area, but so do other congregations, including education, cultural goods, bishops, and religious.

"Sacred music is not an aesthetical question, it is essential to the life of the Church: Lex orandi, lex credendi (as you pray, so you believe)," he said.

Fr Miserachs is president of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. The institution has an academic focus with a mission to form, orient, and counsel students who come to Rome to learn Western liturgical music.


Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music

22 May 2003