A Mexican archdiocese has distanced itself from a “Coldplay Mass” celebrated at a Jesuit university.
The advertisement for the Mass at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla promised that worshippers would be able to “listen and reflect on the songs of the British group”, and “see how their messages interweave” with the liturgy.
A video uploaded to Facebook shows a priest celebrating Mass while the song Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall plays in the background. The song contains lyrics such as: “I turn the music up, I got my records on/I shut the world outside until the lights come on/Maybe the streets alight, maybe the trees are gone/I feel my heart start beating to my favourite song.”
The Archdiocese of Puebla issued a statement on Twitter, saying it did not “organise or promote” the Mass. It attached a message describing the Eucharist as “the Church’s greatest treasure”.
The message called on priests to “avoid, under the pretext of experimentation, doing things in church that detract from the holiness of the place, the dignity of liturgical action and the piety of the faithful”.
Songs sung in church, it added, should have words that are “in keeping with Catholic doctrine. Better still, they should be based on Holy Scripture and liturgical sources.”
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