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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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"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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Is There Truly "Versus Populum" Celebration? Vatican Says No.
published 9 June 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

376 ad or DO PRIESTS truly offer Mass facing the people? The Vatican called this a grave error:

T WOULD BE A GRAVE ERROR to imagine that the principal orientation of the sacrificial action is toward the community. If the priest celebrates versus populum, which is legitimate and often advisable, his spiritual attitude ought always to be versus Deum per Jesum Christum, as representative of the whole Church. Furthermore, the Church, which takes concrete form in the assembly which participates, is entirely orientated versus Deum in its first spiritual movement.

In other words, Mass “facing the people” should not exist, strictly speaking … at least according to that Vatican statement.

Here’s the official statement from 25 September 2000:

      * *  “Ad Orientem Allowed In Novus Ordo?” — Vatican Response (25 September 2000)

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