Singing in the Roman Catholic Church is an activity that for centuries by priests, choirs and believers is conducted. Once mainly came the so-called Gregorian chant at various times of the liturgical celebration. Later there were compositions in the solid songs where many famous composers have dedicated themselves to. The lyrics of these songs were mostly Latin. In the twentieth century saw several schools of church music that promoted Dutch songs. But by no means all of those songs are nowadays found appropriate by critics of the church.
Early sixties of the twentieth century, the Latin Mass was first complemented by liturgical texts that were written by various poets. So did a large number of songs from Huub Oosterhuis introduced. Oosterhuis was and is as retired Jesuit priest and considered by many as one of the most important liturgical poets of Catholics house.
But already in 2001 gave Rome a Vatican instruction on the liturgy which called, inter alia, to each church province to compile a list of songs to which no objection is made. The Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands held a total cleanup from 2008 of her songs file. A number of known and popular hymns were excommunicated. So were the lyrics of Huub Oosterhuis poor or very poor by the ecclesiastical judges who vetoed a number of songs on behalf of the bishops' statements. This includes very popular songs like ?? Light that our offense ??, ?? Just a roof ?? and from fire and iron ?? ??. A song that in 2006 by churchgoers as most Dutch religious song was chosen because ?? the desert shall blossom ?? belongs to it.
More recently than the disapproval of those songs is the disgrace which some carols with the censors have fallen. The old ?? Silent Night ?? and ?? The shepherds were at NÄCHTE ?? belongs in their assessment is not at home in the celebrations around Christmas.
At the time, there was much ado about the banning of a number of songs by the censors. This involved not the melody but the lyrics of the songs. The task has gotten the censors of the bishops to see if the songs to a number of criteria. These criteria are:
They correspond to the teachings of the Church.
Do they fit the respective Sunday.
Do they fit the appropriate solemnity.
Contain them in a clear and accessible elements of the Roman Catholic faith.
Create texts no confusion.
Not only the lyrics of the songs are reviewed by two censors. Almost all use Catholic churches in the Netherlands books for the liturgy complete with readings, prayers and hymns. In most cases, there is no deviation from what is contained in those books. These booklets were for years in relative freedom compiled by the Working Group on Liturgy Heeswijk and by publishing Gooi en Sticht. But this freedom has already gone a number of years. Since 2008 by an Episcopal censor the weekly selection Gooi en Sticht is checked on theological and doctrinal purity. The working group on Liturgy Heeswijk has been awarded its own censor. And so all the texts disappear from the books, according to the censors do not fit.