Given a long history of marginalizing the venerable heritage of the Church—with the exception of awkwardly set Responsorial Psalm texts, Proper chants (Introit, Offertory, Communion) have yet to appear in the pages of a CBW series hymnal—contrary to the express will of the Second Vatican Council that the Church's rich legacy of sacred music necessarily include Gregorian chant, not to mention authentic sacred polyphony, one might be forgiven a measure of skepticism which precludes hope that the next hymnal will be on par with publications such as those produced by Corpus Christi Watershed, for example.
Let's face it, Canada is a long way from appreciating the artistic treasures buried by the sophistry of misguided liturgists who routinely deny where the Church should be liturgically according to the authoritative documents of the Church while asserting a fallacious 'pastoral sensitivity'—i.e., the Church should be where the people are "at"—that stunts the faith of believers who have been fed the worst sonic pablum for nigh on four decades.
Given past and perhaps current leanings, there is likely little one can do to persuade the compilers of the next Canadian hymnal that it's time the Church abandon the politically correct and borderline heterodox texts, sappy devotional song texts and saccharine settings of the Mass which do little to hand on (tradere) the Faith undefiled.
What little art that might be hidden among page after page of banal ditties in the next hymnal will likely be a grudging nod to the beauty of holiness merely to give the appearance that the compilers are trying to be fair to all tastes. Sadly, the prevailing notion that appealing downward toward the lowest level of artistic appreciation still infects liturgical thinking among diocesan and national liturgical commissions. Meanwhile, capable college age Catholic voice majors who are tired of the drivel they are forced to sing at Mass, disaffected by shabby repertoire and an equally shabby attachment to trashy music among priests and ill-informed parish music leaders, are welcomed and employed by protestant communities that present Catholic sacred music in their services.
With the above in mind, here is a suggestion for a song to be included in the next edition of the (c)atholic Book of Worse-ship.
Rome Is Deranged
O give me a home, a true Catholic Rome,
where the orthodox believers pray,
and solely is heard the Lord's unsullied word
as it was in Pope Benedict's day.
Rome, Rome is deranged
'cuz the Kasperites crapped in its nave.
It smells like Hans Kung, whose theology's dung,
and its diaper really needs to be changed.