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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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Judas Iscariot & Religious Freedom
published 1 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

073 Judas Iscariot KISS OST AMERICANS agree that it would violate religious freedom to force a Jew to eat pork. Not all Jews live up to their Faith—some do eat pork—but that indisputable fact has never negated the principle of religious freedom as far as American courts are concerned.

These days, some Catholics’ rights are under attack, and whenever this happens, certain voices cry out: “But not all Catholics live up to their Faith.”

Their argument is wrong, yet—as Fr. Valentine Young has pointed out—our position would be stronger if 100% of Catholics adhered to Church teaching. Not long ago, I heard about an individual persecuted by the local bishop for being faithful to Catholic teachings. This is very sad.

EXCEPT FOR PRAYER AND PENANCE, I have no solution to offer readers on this Spy Wednesday—the very day when Judas Iscariot betrayed the Lord. Some have criticized Christ, Who knew in advance Judas would betray him, for making Judas part of his special group of friends. However, I believe our Lord is sending us a message by His actions.

Moreover, if I correctly remember, Joan of Arc was put to death by a Roman Catholic bishop who failed to live up to his Faith. Perhaps the intercession of St. Joan of Arc can help our current situation.