Today is the anniversary of the death of Msgr. Richard Schuler, a well-known Church musician and pastor for many years of the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN.
This was a man who fought the good fight, in hard years, for sacred Church music and excellence in liturgy.
Papa Ratzinger knew Msgr. Schuler well, and Schuler was a friend of the Holy Father’s brother Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who himself was a great Church musician in his day. Card. Ratzinger would often express interest to me when I would run into him at the Palazzo Sant’Uffizio, where I worked for some years, about the music program at St. Agnes and ask about Msgr. Schuler. Each year I would give him a program of the sacred music at St. Agnes.
When I heard that Msgr. Schuler had died, I sent a note to Msgr. Ganswein, the personal secretary to His Holiness, asking him to inform the Pope. I requested that the Pope send a telegram, if he deemed it opportune. His Holiness sent a telegram to St. Agnes parish in St. Paul in time for Monsignor’s funeral.
How many parish priests get for their funerals a telegram from the Pope?
Perhaps in your charity you would stop and say a prayer for the repose of his soul.
Also, I had made a PODCAzT in which I talk about him sometime ago.