Busted Halo
May 25th, 2009

Why Can’t We Get Married To The Beatles?

The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 6

by and Dr. Christine B. Whelan & Fr. Eric Andrews CSP


Episode #6 — Why Can’t We Get Married To The Beatles?

NEXT WEEK: Can we have an interfaith wedding?

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.

Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for Jim Henson and the Muppets on a variety of television productions.

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  • Ferdi

    Here in Singapore we too have to make use of liturgical music for our wedding mass. No problem with that. However we a given leeway to select popular songs if desired to be sung when the bride & groom go to the alter for the signing of the certificate. And believe me there have been many kinds of song sung during this break in the liturgical service. MAny people actually look forward to hearing what has been selected by the bride & groom as it express the way they feel for each other.

    Not sure if the service follows the same format.

  • owen

    This is a very old argument and so subjective. How do we really separate sacred from secular? If we believe the Holy Spirit can work through all mediums and without bounds and that God is Lord of all Creation, how do we make these distinctions? I agree funerals are much easier to manage than weddings but, for me,it is far more about the interpersonal stuff between the couple, the family, and the fantasy expectations that the music. Love this series, btw, but it makes me very sad that we are worried so much about the music and not so much on really working with young couples to help them stay married once they have selected some version of “Ave Mara” sung by some awful singer as part of some family tradition because it is religious and fits the ‘perfect’ wedding fantasy. Is this really different than the Beatles’ tunes?

  • RichardOn

    Interesting site, but much advertisments on him. Shall read as subscription, rss.

  • chip

    We had great liturgical music at our wedding (no pop tunes), but after 20 years of marriage, I recently lost my wife to Leukemia and in planning her funeral mass, I requested the Beatles “Here, There and Everywhere” be played and it was as a reflection song after communion. I was bathed in the glow of the Holy Spirit and my wife with my biggest smile of the day, as for the packed church — not a dry eye in the house. As we did for our wedding I hand picked all the other music in the liturgy. I think a happy medium can be created to remain liturgically correct and reverently pop within reason — lyrics are key to making this call.

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