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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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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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Rare Photograph: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen With Father Joseph Ratzinger in 1965
published 7 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

OURTESY of John Sonnen’s invaluable blog we see Grégoire-Pierre Cardinal Agagianian—leader of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith—with his collaborators at the Second Vatican Council in 1965, including Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and the future Pope Benedict XVI.

483 Sheen Ratzinger


Sheen was involved with the Second Vatican Council, but remained virtually silent about it later on. (He did, however, mention a few things in his autobiography.) With regard to the massive liturgical changes of the 1970s, to my knowledge Sheen never uttered a single word about any of these, which probably means something.