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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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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.