Thursday, September 13, 2018

Vatican Confirms Investigation of Sistine Choir

(Rome) In addition to investigating the misconduct of a bishop in the United States, Pope Francis also ordered a review of the finances of the Pontifical Choir of the Sistine Chapel. This was confirmed today by the Vatican Press Office, without giving any further details.

The two topics are unrelated.

The daily La Stampa, which is also the producer of the ecclesiastical news portal Vatican Insider, and is coordinated by the papal house Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli, reported that Francis had established an investigation against Maestro Massimo Palombella, the musical director of the world-famous Sistine choir, and investigative director Michelangelo Nardella. The charge, according to the Turin newspaper, is for embezzlement, fraud and money laundering.

Critics are convinced that since the emergence of Mgr. Domenico Bartolucci in 1997, the famous choir "is only a shadow of its former greatness," said Vatican writer Sandro Magister in 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI. emphasized his sympathy for Maestro Bartolucci, who was not only the person, but also his understanding of sacred music and its repertoire. The musical reference Bartolucci, who celebrated throughout his life in the traditional form of the Roman Rite, was the Gregorian chant and the polyphonic tradition of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594). The famous composer himself was choirmaster of the Sistine Chapel.

In 2010, Benedict XVI created. the then 93-year-old Bartolucci cardinal. At the same time he appointed, however, at the suggestion of his Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone the Salesian Palombella to the new choral master. An appointment that triggered considerable criticism not only in traditional circles.

Main critic was the Vaticanist Sandro Magister.

The Pontifical Choir of the Sistine Chapel has existed since 1471. Its task is entirely in the musical arrangement of the liturgical celebrations of the Pope.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred


sarto2012 said...

"The daily La Stampa, which is also editor of the news portal Vatican Insider coordinated by papal house vatican Andrea Tornielli, reported that Francis against Maestro had Massimo Palombella, the musical director of the world-famous choir, and investigative director Michelangelo Nardella."

What language is this? It is incomprehensible. English it sure ain't.

Tancred said...

I forgot to say that Tornielli was evil.

Anonymous said...

Obviously translated by someone who can't claim English as is first/native language, or on the other hand, someone who is American and bi-lingual, but not fluent enough to translate the test perfectly from probably Italian into English. It reminds me of "Google Translate" function. It translates text about 70% accurately, with tons of grammar and spelling errors, etc.

It was JPII, under the instigation of Archbishop Piero Marini who sacked the great Cardinal Bartolucci. Benedict XVI deserves great praise for trying to make amends and honor such a maestro of liturgical Music by making him a cardinal. He received great applause when he received his red hat. Archbishop Marini must have been cursing under his breath that day.

Not surprised about Palombella. That he is a Salesian, and had Bertone as a sponsor are two strikes against him. The Salesians since Vatican II are almost as bad as the Jesuits. In Italy, they are going down fast.....and the Jesuits? Well, they're pretty much extinct in Italy, with less than 400 in Italy and median age of 70+. Salesians (priests and sisters) were once HUGE in Italy. Not anymore. Both groups average 70+ median age in Italy.

Just back from a photo shoot in Europe.....was there when the Vigano story about Francis broke.
In Italy, you won't believe how much Francis AND HIS PEOPLE ARE HATED.
iN Greece too, where I was. But then, in Greece, Catholics are miniscule. The general population who know about Francis think he is a use nice language.
But we knew that anyway...

Damian Malliapalli

Tancred said...

I’m bringing Gaybriel back.