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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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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.