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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 may not condemn the congregation to worthless music or songs of the cheapest type under the pretext of “pastoral need.” Only a music which attracts the congregation through the power of its beauty, sanctity and general appeal will be pastorally effective. Otherwise the people will turn away in disgust (“a liturgia abhorrebit”) because the music used in the liturgy is inappropriate and banal (“ratione deformitatis seu inanitatis”). Unfortunately, he concluded, this is often enough the case at present.
— Archbishop Nicodemo, speaking during Vatican II (Translation by Dr. Robert Skeris)

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VIDEO • Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen & William F. Buckley
published 9 January 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE FOLLOWING EXCERPT was taken from a 1971 appearance by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on “Firing Line”—a famous television show which ran from 1966–1999—with William F. Buckley:


In his Confessions, Saint Augustine used the example of stealing an apple to represent all his youthful sins—that is, if I remember correctly. I like when St. Augustine talks about the human mind. When the brain forgets something, it cannot recall what it forgot—but it knows what it’s NOT.