Chicago’s premiere Latin Mass parish toes the line

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Short and (bitter) sweet

In accordance with the policy of His Eminence Cardinal Blase Cupich and the implementation of the motu proprio of His Holiness Pope Francis Traditionis Custodes within the Archdiocese of Chicago, there will be changes to the schedule of Masses at St John Cantius Church.

The first-Sunday rule:

Beginning on January 25, 2022, on the first Sunday of each month, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Missal, both in Latin and English.

Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and Holy Week “unity” rule:

The Archdiocese also prescribes for us liturgical unity of prayer for Holy Mother Church’s major feasts of Christmas, Pentecost and Easter, including the Triduum.

The canons — priests, brothers, seminarians — will work harder than ever “to restore the sacred.”

The Canons Regular of St John Cantius are committed to serving the faithful within the Archdiocese of…

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The missing explanation by a Chicago pastor of why dousing the Latin mass is a bad idea

Chicago Newspapers

Read it here, but not here, the pastor’s parish web site, where it’s gone missing. Tsk, tsk.

A shame, because it’s rather good, a cry from the heart, cast as a letter to his vicariate bishop and dutiful in tone. Direct too, opening:

Thank you for consulting the Archbishop [Cardinal Cupich] regarding my request for permission to offer the Holy Sacrifice, “Ad Orientem.” [Facing east, or in same direction as the people, a key feature of the Traditional Latin Mass.] I will comply with his directive that this is forbidden in his Archdiocese.

Even so, the Archbishop does not provide evidence that “Ad Orientem” was abrogated at the Second Vatican Council. As I read Sacrosanctum Concilium [the council’s document on the liturgy] and the Roman Missal the implication is “Ad Orientem” was not abolished or prohibited – on the contrary.

He also makes respectful but direct…

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