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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Pope Francis Allows A Flock Of Children To Dance Around Him
published 10 October 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

Is it appropriate for Christ’s Vicar to let kids dance around him in such a crazy fashion?


Oh, wait… I goofed. That’s not Pope Francis, it’s Pope Pius XII. (Full video is here.)

I apologize for my mistake, but you really can’t blame me. After all, the media has relentlessly pretended that Pope Francis is the “very first pope” to ever care about average Catholics; the “very first pope” to ever mingle with the sheep; and so forth. You’ve encountered this kind of silly nonsense, just as I have.

Sloppy, reprehensible, and sensationalistic journalism was happening a year ago, and we recently mentioned more examples.