You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


There might be a few other reasons Catholics have drifted from pews

The absurdity of Jennifer Graham’s focus on the church organ as the key reason for Catholics being driven away from their church pews is only outmatched by the Globe’s willingness to legitimize such ignorance and venom as “opinion” (“Save the church! (kill the organs),” Op-ed, Oct. 25).

Can Graham seriously not think of any other reason other than organs that might have driven Catholics from their churches? What about the sex-abuse scandal and the Vatican’s position on topics such as female priesthood, homosexuality, contraception, and women’s rights to control their bodies?

Continue reading below

Then again, the only organ piece she seems to know about is Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Research and breadth of understanding don’t seem to be her forte.

Clearly, some people don’t like organ music, just as some people don’t like reading newspapers. However, trashing either is not the answer, and should have been beneath the Globe.

Andrew E. Clarkson


The writer is director of music and organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of