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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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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