Q: What’s the practice on the use of the music of David Haas?
I know our GIA/World Library missalette service has removed two favorite pieces — Blest are They, You are Mine.
Are we to stop using his compositions altogether? Some dioceses have done that I’ve read.A shame really as his works are on the better side of liturgical music.
A: Serious allegations against David Haas have prompted many dioceses to restrict or forbid the use of his music.
Some dioceses have not, perhaps on the basis that the music stands on its own apart from the composer. But many take the precaution not to traumatize worshipers offended by Haas’s actions.
Musicians in each diocese should learn and observe the local policy—and pray for all those harmed by abuse.