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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