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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Catholic Hymn comp CD to benefit survivors of priestly sexual abuse, S.N.A.P.

The Catholic Church teaches the Cardinal Virtues of Wisdom, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice. Sadly, however, it neglected securing justice for its victims of priestly sexual abuse. Rather than handling the matter with transparency, over the years, the Church transfered suspect priests from parish to parish. Meanwhile, the many thousands of victims have risen up, and while the Church tried again to ignore their cries, the news media did not. They responded, and have successfully called the Church to account. This is a good thing, for everyone, and to help see that the victims fully collect justice, I am producing a special compilation CD.

This is the list of Chicago bands remaking Catholic Church hymns for a compilation to benefit SNAP - the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests:

1. I Have Loved You – Walter Meego
2. You Are Near – Scott Hunt
3. For the Beauty of the Earth – Annie Quick
4. Abba Father – Camero Rouge
5. Praise to the Lord the Almighty – Canasta
6. All Creatures of Our God and King – TV POW
7. On Eagle’s Wings – Danger Adventure
8. Hail Mary, Gentle Woman – Ancient Greeks
9. Were You There – Danny Black
10. For You Are My God - Office
11. Come to the Water – Bric-A-Brac
12. Let There Be Peace On Earth – Nad Navillus
13. Here I Am Lord – Andy Ortmann
14. Morning Has Broken – Molar Mill
15. Gentle Shepherd – Venue
16. Isaiah 49 / Hosea medley – Brad Peterson
17. Be Not Afraid – Aluminum Group
18. I Am the Bread of Life – Viza Noir
19. Prayer of St. Francis – Midstates
20. Gift of Finest Wheat – Mark Bickle
21. Seek Ye First – Detholz!
22. Light of the World – Paul Kamp

These bands are making recordings with the intent of enhancing the beauty of the songs. The paradox of this compilation will not be found in the recordings, but in the fact that all of the profits will go to securing justice for all of the victims of priestly sexual abuse. In this, I hope the recordings will appeal to both devout Catholics and devout secularists. Certainly, it seems that everyone who ends up purchasing a copy will have a different reason as for why.

This compilation will debut this summer. Expect a release party in the Chicago area.


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