Latin mass severely restricted in Chi-town. Cardinal Cupich to the liturgical-war barricades. But there’s a rub or two . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

. . .  In fact quite a few when we look at what two popes and one ecumenical council had to say about Latin in the mass.

Take Pius XII in 1947 with his Mediator Dei.

Regarding the use of Latin within the Mass, Venerable Pius XII wrote:

“The use of the Latin language, customary in a considerable portion of the Church, is a manifest and beautiful sign of unity, as well as an effective antidote for any corruption of doctrinal truth.” (MD 60)

While the Holy Father recognized that “the use of the mother tongue in connection with several of the rites” may be of advantage to the faithful, nowhere did he advocate for the removal of Latin from the Holy Mass.

Much less call it a disrupter of unity to be treated as a fly in the ointment.

That’s not all. Nothing is more revered and…

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The hammer drops. Latin mass under wraps in Chi-town. Cardinal Cupich makes his move.

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Cardinal Cupich issues new restrictions on Traditional Latin Masses

Cardinal Blase Cupich has issued a new policy for the Archdiocese of Chicago that curtails the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass and other sacraments in Latin using liturgical books that pre-date Vatican II.

Under the policy, which takes effect Jan. 25, priests, deacons, and ordained ministers who wish to use the “old rite” must submit their requests to Cupich in writing and agree to abide by the new norms.

Those rules specify that the Traditional Latin Masses must incorporate scripture readings in the vernacular, using the official translation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In addition, such Masses cannot take place in a parish church unless both the archbishop and the Vatican agree to grant an exemption.

The new policy also prohibits the celebration of Traditional Latin Masses on the first Sunday of every month, Christmas, the Triduum…

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Pope Francis on the war path towards abolishing Latin mass and sacraments

Slamming the faithful . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Hard words for a hard (holy) father as regards his draconian measures in re: Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

A few years ago a friend said that he believed Pope Francis was a spiritually abusive father. I instinctively cringed. To my innate Catholic sense, such language was inappropriate to be directed at the Holy Father. But I can’t see how his actions regarding the old Rite can be seen as anything other than abusive.

An abusive father is a master at manipulation. He makes his children think they are the problem. He warps reality so that they think they “deserve” their abuse, and if they dare challenge it, he casts them as unloving and divisive family members. His children live in a constant state of self-doubt and confusion.

This is how the Holy Father treats those of his children who are attached to the old ways. If they find their…

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Yes, Virginia . . . Editorial of The New York Sun | December 21, 2021

A respite.

Chicago Newspapers

Sentimental me, guess I’ll always be . . .

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

This part’s in the middle. Read it all from the start, you softies . . .

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The COVID emergency is over. Get back to life

Not so much in Chicago, but . . . 

Across the country, people have stopped living in fear. They have stopped limiting their social interactions. They have reopened their businesses. They are not putting their masks back on between bites or sips — in fact, they have stopped wearing masks, let alone double masks or triple masks, and all businesses except airlines have stopped demanding them. They have kept their schools open. And you wouldn’t know it by looking at the front page of the New York Times each day, but nearly everyone has stopped obsessing and panicking over whatever the latest variant is.

As I say, Chicago no, especially among readers of that paper mentioned two lines up.

Omicron: such a joke that South Africa is about to dump all contact tracing and quarantines

Everybody calm down.

Yes, the scientists advising the government of South Africa – where Omicron is now the dominant strain – say tracing and quarantining the contacts of infected people is a waste of time.

This cool-headed advice is exactly the opposite of the panic in wealthy European countries (and certain blue states).

Of course – unlike wealthy European countries – South Africa has tens of millions of extremely poor people. It can no longer afford to engage in viral theater to satisfy public health fanatics over a strain that looks more and more like a cold.

The prospect of nationwide food riots will tend to concentrate the mind.

Let the nonsense grind to a halt.

Biden’s pandemic makes more miss Donald Trump

Hysteria, thy (new) name is omicron.

So far, there have been reportedly seven recorded deaths in the UK — and when MP’s demanded details about the first death, they got the same treatment Peter Doocy does every day at the White House.

I had Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University on my radio show this week and he described omicron as “a pandemic of lunacy which is dominating the airwaves.”

In Florida and many other parts of the US, though, life is back to normal. The hysteria is being promoted, yet again, in the blue states.

And it’s easy to understand why — the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) would rather talk about anything other than Dementia Joe’s dismal performance this year.

From column by Howie Carr, of the excellent Boston Herald, h/t the irreplaceable Instapundit.

BTW, omicron is 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, in case you were wondering.


Hit man for gummint, but what by now did we expect?

New emails released by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed that last year, outgoing National Institutes of Health Dir. Dr. Francis Collins instructed Dr. Anthony Fauci to carry out a “quick and devastating” takedown of The Great Barrington Declaration, a document authored by experts who advocated for herd immunity to stop the pandemic, and “focused protection” for the most vulnerable populations over universal lockdowns.

With hindsight, the tens of thousands of medical professionals who signed the Great Barrington Declaration were plainly right, and Fauci and Collins were wrong.

30-some years a gummint employee, he has survival skills down pat.

Crafty, lying Fr. James Martin SJ gives his untrustworthy opinion about baptism etc.

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

The diocese said this:

“A person who is publicly living in a same‐sex sexual relationship (or in any sexual relationship outside of a marriage between one man and one woman) may not be Baptized, Confirmed, or received into full communion in the Church, unless the person has repented and withdrawn from the relationship,” according to the guidance, which also suggests excluding people who publicly identify as a different gender than their biological sex or have attempted “gender transitioning.”

Well, most of this is theology 101 stuff, but Fr. Martin finds a way out.

“It’s not a sin to be transgender,” hewrote. “It’s not a sin to be LGBTQ.”

To him it’s dodgeball. Better yet, now you see it, now you don’t.

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