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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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PHOTO: Cardinal Ratzinger Saying The Latin Mass
published 22 July 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

234 Summorum AY BACK in 1989, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass in Weimar (Germany) in a crowded church, which included many priests and seminarians, and again in 1999. In 2001, while at a Fontgombault conference, Cardinal Ratzinger sang the Tridentine Latin Mass.

Cardinal Ratzinger celebrated the Tridentine Mass at Fontgombault Abbey just a few months before being elected Pope. In his homily, he said:

“Let us pray to the Lord to help us to help the Church to celebrate the Liturgy well, to be truly at the feet of the Lord, to receive the gift of true life, the essential and necessary reality, for the salvation of all, the salvation of the world. Amen.”

I’ll never forget the excitement surrounding the release of Summorum Pontificum in 2007. Rumors were flying about it years in advance. Every day I’d check the internet to see if the document had been released yet. Now, that day seems far in the past.

For the record, I’m pretty sure I see Fr. Josef Bisig smiling in one of these pictures. I’m also fairly certain my first chant teacher, Fr. Peter Gee, can be seen in two of these photographs (but he was probably only a seminarian at that time):

I’ve never been a huge fan of Bavarian vestments (although they’re talked about here), but each culture has its own style:

233 Ratzinger