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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

Msgr. Schuler Strikes Again!
published 1 October 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

OREAN FOOD is delicious, and one of my favorite dishes is called bulgogi. I just love it. However, if you feed it to a newborn baby, the baby might die. You see, God designed babies a certain way. Their stomachs can only accept certain types of food.

Almighty God provided for babies by giving them mothers who produce the only food babies can digest. However, during the second half of the 20th century, doctors thought they were smarter than God. They no longer promoted or taught breastfeeding to mothers. My mother breastfed all five children and for doing this she was considered a lunatic, a loon, a freak. Of course, nowadays, breastfeeding is “back in style,” and as a father of two children, I can testify that doctors these days are extremely aggressive in its promotion (and so is the state of Texas).

WE NORMALLY USE the word piccoluomini when we refer to those who destroyed the liturgy. However, the doctors who thought they were smarter than God seem to have had a little bit of piccoluomini in them. It’s like St. Paul says, “Thinking themselves to become wise, they became as fools.” Speaking of the piccoluomini, here’s a two-page article by Msgr. Schuler worth reading:

      * *  “Reform of the Reform” — Msgr. Schuler (1996)

Monsignor Richard J. Schuler was a true son of the Church, and promoted the Conciliar reforms with his whole heart. However, toward the end of his life, he openly admitted that many reforms were not done according to what the Council ordered. After all, the very first document of the Council said:

“There must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing.”   [Sacrosanctum Concilium, §23]

Reading that article, above, one can only agree with Msgr. Schuler: Reform the reform!