Does this mean that art and music were being ignored or neglected before? For how long?
Maybe it means that art and music had gone wild - like in the last 40 years-or-so wandering in the wilderness?
The report says the apostolic letter was a motu proprio
issued in September, and to prove that the Pope is serious about this, he moved CDW's other duties (i.e., those concerning ratified and non-consummated marriage and the nullity of sacred ordination) to the Roman Rota. It seems to me that the Pope is an old man in a hurry wanting to put the liturgical household in order before leaving for his reward. I hope we all continue to pray for him.focus more intensely on art and liturgical music.
In his letter, the Pope wrote that these all must be in accord with the Second Vatican Council's “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.” Overlooking that 1963 document has allowed for the post-conciliar trend of building unedifying churches and filling them pop-influenced music.
Overseeing the many facets of worship in the worldwide Church is a significant task, especially in light of last December's implementation of the new Roman Missal in English, which is truer to the original Latin and more elevated in its language.
“The Holy See has always sought to adapt its structures of governance to the pastoral needs that arise in the life of the Church in every period of history, thereby modifying the structure and competence of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia,” wrote the Pope in his Sept. 2011 letter.
That letter was issued motu proprio, meaning that he wrote it for reasons which he himself deemed sufficient.