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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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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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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.