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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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Many declare that Vatican Council II brought about a true springtime in the Church. Nevertheless, a growing number of Church leaders see this “springtime” as a rejection, a renunciation of her centuries-old heritage, or even as a radical questioning of her past and Tradition. Political Europe is rebuked for abandoning or denying its Christian roots; but the first to have abandoned her Christian roots and past is indisputably the post-conciliar Catholic Church.
— Pope Francis' Chief Liturgist (31 March 2017)

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The Man Who Thrice Rejected Knighthood
published 15 November 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

OR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, my favorite movie has been “A Man For All Seasons,” which—although religious—won admiration from an astonishing array of secular film critics. Much could be said about this marvelous production, which is based on a play by Robert Bolt (d. 1995), who helped adapt it in 1966 for film. The play itself doesn’t always stick to the facts, but can still be considered generally speaking historically accurate. The film’s soundtrack is fabulous.

This brief YouTube describes how Paul Scofield changed what is undoubtedly the film’s pivotal line:


In 1966 The film won six (6) Oscars at the 39th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. It also won other major awards.

…yet Paul Scofield, who thrice rejected knighthood, did not accept his Oscar in person, as the YouTube above explains.