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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

Josef Cardinal Frings & Pope Benedict XVI
published 18 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE FOLLOWING IMAGE of Josef Cardinal Frings is courtesy of fantastic Polish blog. There is a fascinating history of the interactions of Cardinal Frings and the young Fr. Josef Ratzinger, especially regarding revelations by Henri de Lubac which have recently come to light. In a nutshell, Frings was almost blind in the 1960s and relied very much on Fr. Ratzinger, one of his theological experts during Vatican II. Several crucial speeches—which ended up having an effect on the entire Church—were written/drafted by Fr. Ratzinger. Later on, Cardinal Ratzinger felt differently about things…but that’s another story. Moreover, when elected pope, Cardinal Ratzinger would once again make decisions affecting on the entire Church.

750 Josef Cardinal Frings