Morricone said he was opposed to “guitars and popular songs” in liturgies. “I don’t like it at all. Gregorian Chant is a vital and important tradition of the Church" and to "mix religious words with …More
Morricone said he was opposed to “guitars and popular songs” in liturgies. “I don’t like it at all. Gregorian Chant is a vital and important tradition of the Church" and to "mix religious words with profane, Western songs is hugely grave, hugely grave”
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Pope Francis Honors Film Composer Ennio Morricone

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to present the Oscar-winning composer with a Pontifical Gold Medal for his “extraordinary artistic work in t...
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So Pope Francis likes him some Spaghetti Westerns. I think this is the first thing we've agreed on yet. The rest of the article is, as so often with His Holiness, a laugh-track of duplicity and double-talk. It's like today's Vatican officials can't even talk about something like movies without a forked tongue. This article calls to mind Our Lord's famous quote in John 8:44. "When he lies, he …More
So Pope Francis likes him some Spaghetti Westerns. I think this is the first thing we've agreed on yet. The rest of the article is, as so often with His Holiness, a laugh-track of duplicity and double-talk. It's like today's Vatican officials can't even talk about something like movies without a forked tongue. This article calls to mind Our Lord's famous quote in John 8:44. "When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."

Let's look at a few post-game highlights:

"music, universal language of peace, solidarity and spirituality."
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Okay, that's Wagner and not Morricone. Fine. Let's do Morricone since he scored the most famous Western music in cinema history, particularly the theme of the lawless, amoral gunfighter
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"But among Catholics, he is perhaps most famous for his soundtrack to the 1986 movie The Mission about Spanish Jesuit missionaries."
Outside of serious movie soundtrack buffs, I'm willing to bet a grand and I mean cash-money against the Vatican Bank's slush fund, you couldn't find five Catholics at any one parish who would recognize The Mission's theme song if they heard it.

Double or nothing? Go find five others who can name the composer of what is, otherwise, an obscure Robert De Niro movie and a commercial unsuccessful one at that. Morricone's score for the movie is beautiful, it's the kind of music you can listen to while doing your taxes or reading spiritually uplifting work. But it certainly isn't a stand-out classic. We're not talking John Williams' "Jaws" or "Star Wars" kind of instant recognition.

"The score became at one time the world’s bestselling movie soundtrack, selling over 3 million copies."
...at one time. It hasn't retained that brief moment of interest and today it isn't in the top ten. Or even the top twenty. The big shocker is number two of all time.

Forty years later, the Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" is still wildly popular, defining not only a subculture but the entire decade in American history. It's gone from being contemporary hit during the era, to a musical parody of the era, finally maturing into what is classic American pop music.
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The songs are still popular in the playlists for malls and similar public places. Pay attention to how other people react. They start "disco-groovin'" just a little, especially if they think no one is watching. I once rounded the corner into the otherwise empty canned goods aisle of the local supermarket to find a stooped, gray-haired woman just -flying- across the tiles to The Bee Gees. She was old enough to have had the soundtrack on LP and 8-Track. She looked embarrassed when she saw me, until she noticed I was doing the Andy Gibb head-bob and lip-synching -perfectly. Big smiles from her. The Mission? pfffft. :p

"And in 2015, he composed Missa Papae Francisci — his first Mass, dedicated to Pope Francis to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus."
Ahhhh... now we get down to the real reason Morricone is getting a Papal award. There's an old Argentinian saying that applies here only too well.

"aunque la mona se vista de seda,mona se queda"
Even though the monkey is dressed in silk, it's still a monkey.
Nice music gag