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Chaplain's Corner

Each meeting the Chaplain, Fr. Alphonse, has time allocated to provide the members with whatever he deems informational in our daily lives. Below is the transcript of the report he gave.

Does Music Really Carry a Message?

A 2005 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine report said that average child listening to music will hear 30,732 substance abuse references a year. In RAP songs, the report said on the average there are 104.5 references to substance abuse every hour. If someone allows their children to listen to this type of music, it is really reasonable for a parent to expect their child to resist that kind of temptation, when they already opened the door by listening to such music? Just think if your child said 30,732 Hail Mary's, what a happy and holy effect that would be.

Now, there are also many other elements that rock music is often associated with. One author said and I think we might agree, that rock’s ten elements are: Drugs/Alcohol, Rebellion, Violence, Escapism, Sexual Promiscuity, Nihilism/Despair (The National Education Association said “…teenage suicides are linked to depression causes by Fatalistic music and lyrics.”) That brings us to Suicide/Murder, Occult/Paranormal Activities, Open Satanic Affirmations and Anti-God/Anti-Christian. Add the number of times for each of these to the 30,732 substance abuse list and WOW!

Now for the doubters, can you list ten elements of rock that help people glorify and honor God? It would be a great list to see; “Ten Elements of Rock that help people glorify and honor God.”

We heard how His Holiness Benedict warned of the dangers in music. “In a way which we could not imagine thirty years ago, music has become a decisive vehicle of a counter religion…”

Years ago a popular youth minister was on a plane traveling with the man next to him who just
happened to be the manager of one of the largest rock groups in the world, “What’s next in the rock music world?” The man proceeded to tell him of a four step plan.

Step one, he said, was to be from 1955 to 1965, which was to push sex through music. This was to open the door for…

Step two, which was to run from 1965 to 1970. This was to use music to promote “drugs, rebellion and anti-establishment movements. “Traditional values were rejected during thistime frame.”

Step three, began in 1970 and has run through part of the 1980’s, in this step, the quality of music isn’t important, but that it has an addicting sound with loud and violent tones.” The manager went on to say: “We’re just like any other business.”

Step four, he said began in the 1980’s. “We would be the greatest motivator to get people to buy records. He goes on to say, “We are going to pronounce ourselves (rock stars) as messiahs, making intimate acquaintances and covenants with Satan.” “We are going to be worshipped.”

Little Richard of 50’s fame admitted: “I was directed and commanded by another power, the power of darkness.” And he also said: “Some rock in roll groups get on their knees and pray to the devil.”

Beatles press officer, Derek Taylor, said: “ They're completely anti-Christ. I mean, I am anti Christ as well, but they’re so anti-Christ they shock me which isn’t an easy thing.” Rock star Tori Amos said, “I wanted to marry Lucifer. I don’t consider Lucifer an evil force. I feel his
presence with his music.”

The Beach Boys seemed American enough. However, the longtime band member, Brian Wilson unfortunately stated: “We are doing witchcraft, trying to make witchcraft music.” Should we not check, as with any author or artist, what is their view on life, and what we they trying to say or do.” This stuff is not hidden. It is out in the open.

Madonna, the 2012 Super Bowl half-time entertainer of perhaps the largest event in America, stated her intentions: “The Super Bowl is kind of like the Holy of Holies in America. I’ll come at halfway of the “church experience” and I’m gonna have to deliver a sermon.