Top 25 Worship Songs Shared Alike
With Roman Catholic and Southern Baptists

A few years ago Pope John Paul II said, "Music can be an instrument toward Christian unity."

He was right, of course. Contemporary Worship Music is one of the glues of the ecumenical movement. In this context it is instructive that Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists love the same songs.

In July 2005 Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) released their Top 25 by denomination and the Catholic Top 25 differs little from the Southern Baptist Top 25.

For example, the top five for Catholics are:

1) "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High" by Rick Founds

2) "Shout to the Lord" by Darlene Zschech

3) "Open the Eyes of My Heart" by Paul Baloche

4) "Come Now Is the Time to Worship" by Brian Doerksen

5) "Here I Am to Worship" by Tim Hughes


The top five for Southern Baptists are:

1) "Lord, I Lift Your Name On High" by Rick Founds

2) "Shout to the Lord" by Darlene Zschech

3) "Here I Am to Worship" by Tim Hughes

4) "Open the Eyes of My Heart" by Paul Baloche

5) Come Now Is the Time to Worship" by Brian Doerksen

-Christian News, 16 January 2006 , p.2

The Vatican's influence has slowly but surely become a reality in the United States . Here we must add that the Vatican 's political and religious philosophies are based on the supremacy of the Catholic Church and the infallibility of the pope; thus, politics and religion are closely intertwined. As a result, American Christendom and Vatican doctrine are in perfect harmony.

- Midnight Call, May 2006