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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

Dr. Theodore Marier And Pope Francis
published 16 March 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

OPE FRANCIS appears to be less interested in Liturgy than his immediate predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Some are asking, “What will become of the Liturgical movement called for by Pope Benedict and popes before him?” While I have no inside information, I can say that at this time I see no cause for alarm. First of all, the strength of the Liturgical movement relies on objective truth. It does not rely on the current Pope. It must be judged by its merits. It must continue to build upon truth, not decrees. After all, there have been many times in the history of the Church when a bad Pope was reigning (and note carefully I am not for one second implying Pope Francis will be a bad Pope). However, during these times, good priests and Bishops simply continued to do the Lord’s work. They did not all of a sudden start wrecking the Liturgy on the local level. The local level is what’s important. Each individual’s relationship with Jesus Christ is what’s most important. The example to follow is Dr. Theodore Marier, who continued to build a wonderful Church music program in spite of all kinds of difficulties from the hierarchy.

Furthermore, the wonderful documents of Pope Benedict XVI will not cease to exist because he is no longer Pope. Are they true? If they are, their truth will continue to endure and inspire.

Finally, because of Pope Benedict XVI’s Papacy, what he wrote, and what he did, it is no longer possible for anyone to say that the Second Vatican Council outlawed reverent Liturgy. Thanks to the Pontificate of Benedict XVI, it is perfectly clear that Vatican II encouraged Latin, choirs, dignified music, ad orientem, beautiful vestments, and so forth.