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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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“The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: the Pope’s ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”
— His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI (11 May 2005)

Something We Humans Detest: Hypocrisy!
published 16 July 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

EARS AGO, SOMEONE TOLD ME that insanity is caused when the brain sends more “messages” than a person can handle all at once. For instance, what does your leg feel like right now? I suppose your leg feels fine, but you had to “think about it” to know for sure. Why weren’t you thinking about it before I asked you? Because your brain realized it was fine, so there was no reason to send you a “message” about it. The human brain is a marvelous wonder of God’s creation and somehow knows which messages are important! No one who studies the human brain can remain an atheist for long. Speaking of the brain, for years I’ve written about something I call “the learn a new word, see it within 24 hours phenomenon.” It seems that when you focus on something, your brain stores it in a special place, and perceives instances of it you wouldn’t normally notice. It happens constantly to me.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE. Around 6:00pm I spoke to my wife about something I’ve been noticing lately. Let me explain. After the Second Vatican Council, tremendous apostasy ensued, and many folks twisted what the Council actually said into a falsehood they labeled “the spirit of the Council.” One aspect went something like this:

“God doesn’t care about rules and commandments. God doesn’t care about rubrics, fancy ceremonies, or beautiful liturgies. God doesn’t care about creeds and outward observances. God doesn’t care about sin or confession anymore. God doesn’t care if nuns and priests wear secular clothing. That’s all bad, outdated, pre-Conciliar stuff. The only thing God cares about is that we’re nice to one another and never offend anybody by talking about sin or hell. As long as we are friendly and neighborly, that’s all God cares about.”

Ironically, I’ve observed that many leaders of this “spirit of Vatican II” movement (who rose to positions of power in the Church during the 1970s and 1980s) are quite nasty. Filled with hatred, sarcasm, and arrogance, they seem to have no genuine love for anybody. I’ve seen what true love of neighbor is, and they don’t have it. My father, for instance, is a very loving person. He cares deeply about all humanity (even complete strangers!) and spends his time and money trying to help people every day.

Sure enough, less than two hours after sharing this with my wife, I came across the following passage by Paul W. Le Voir in a 1993 article he wrote for Sacred Music:

The church music scene in the United States today is not a pretty picture, and it has been growing uglier by the year for some decades. Composers and liturgists of the contemporary kind, whose compositions and writings will, thankfully, be forgotten by the end of the millennium, are lionized in publications and on programs of all kinds. Various associations and organizations within the Church regularly honor these individuals, perpetuating the corruption while lending it an air of legitimacy and the illusion of authority. Members of this American liturgical/musical establishment continually boast about their flexibility and sensitivity, but they are in fact the most rigid and insensitive of the Church’s members, especially if one has the temerity to challenge them, their policies, their processes, or their programs.

I can absolutely vouch for what Mr. Le Voir wrote, based on personal experience. I find it remarkable that within a few hours of speaking to my wife about this hypocrisy I should come across that paragraph.

Bottom line: if you make “friendliness” your calling card . . . be nice!

May our Lord Jesus Christ help us never to become discouraged while doing His work. May the Lord continue to renew the Church and may He help us to go to confession when we fall.