Here is my written response:
As a regular reader and writer of Catholic internet blogs, I know that nothing will get the comments flowing like a discussion of Catholic liturgical music. Unfortunately, our Catholic musical heritage has been cast aside by many parishes following Vatican II. Your front-page article perpetuated the notion that “full and active participation” means the congregation must be singing along. This is erroneous. “Full and active participation” means the congregation must be fully present to the Mysteries of the Mass. The congregation should focus on the Mass rather than on personal pieties like praying the Rosary during Mass. Periods of silence do not mean the congregation is not participating. In fact, both Pope Benedict XVI and Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, have spoken of the importance of sacred silence during Mass.
Tom Schafer from St. Bernadette Church was correct when he emphasized the importance of music as prayer. The liturgical music is never supposed to be a performance or a concert. It should inspire prayer, not applause. That is why it is preferable that musicians be located in a choir loft or to the side of the sanctuary if at all possible. Musicians must augment the Mass not distract from it.
In June 2006, Pope Benedict XVI called for an updating of sacred music that reflects the tradition of the Church: "This is why in the musical field, as well as in that of other artistic forms, the ecclesial community has always promoted and supported those who investigate new expressive ways without rejecting the past, the history of the human spirit, which is also the history of its dialogue with God."