…then praise God in Heaven, because you have tangible proof you are still Catholic.
The oily, smarmy technospeak of the Cupich’s spokesman in responding to press inquiries about his crushing of the Mass and the ICRSP in Chicago is infuriating to read. Here is an excerpt from the story at the Chicago Sun-Times:
[A representative of the Shrine restoration effort] said the ban came from the archdiocese under a directive issued early this year to bring parishes and shrines in line with a papal decree aimed at limiting Mass being celebrated in Latin. Christ the King Church only celebrates Mass in Latin.
But a representative of the archdiocese disputed Blackman, saying the decision to stop the Masses was made by the church.
“They chose to discontinue the Masses and sent the archdiocese a letter [on July 31] stating that they would stop offering Mass and other sacraments at the Shrine,” said Susan Thomas, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese. “They were not denied. We did not ban them. They chose to discontinue altogether.”
“The Shrine had the option to continue Latin Mass under the guidelines and decided not to,” Thomas added. “It is a false statement that we have a citywide Latin Mass ban. That’s simply untrue. Latin Mass is offered in the archdiocese.”
To draw an analogy, if Cardinal Cupich and his spokesman had been government officials they would have denied causing the deaths of people they forced to take the gene serum by responding, “That is a false statement. They voluntarily chose to get the vaccine. They simply could’ve allowed us to take away their jobs and their children and their ability to travel and their ability to buy food or go anywhere or have a life or go to church and worship or any of the other things to make human life worthwhile. There are many people in our diocese who did not actually die.”
The devil is very pleased with those advancing his agenda in Chicago.
This. Is. Vile.
Christ has already won the Victory, and His mother’s Immaculate Heart will triumph.
Cupich and the other Bergoglian toadies had better repent. For their own good. And because they are created by God I will pray for it.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
O God, You Who have given us in one perfect sacrifice the fulfillment of the various sacrifices made under the Old Law, accept these sacrificial gifts offered You by Your devoted servants, and make them holy as You did the gifts of Abel, so that what each one of us has offered in praise of Your majesty may profit for the salvation of all.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Lifesite has the complete letter here. Well worth reading. The right to the Mass is inviolable. The right is guaranteed by immemorial custom, as well as by the positive legal pronouncements of more than one pope.
The Archbishop’s words concerning the Institute itself are well-meant and his call to using these trials to declare the inseparable link between the real Mass and the real Faith is a great admonition.
Yet he refers to the Institute as having had a certain “carefree acceptance” of Vatican II that led them to think that the regime would look the other way on “buckles and capes”. This is a bit of a slight, and off the mark from the Institute I know. The Institute’s view on Vatican II is the same as other traditional groups: it’s a Council that defined nothing and thus did not invoke the extraordinary magisterium. The doctrines and formulae of the Council are thus only part of the ordinary and universal magisterium of the Church when they teach what the Church has always taught. Where they don’t, they are not magisterial. That’s it. The SSPX would say it the same, I think. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
That the Council has been a major disaster in nearly every way is a fact undeniable to any faithful and thinking Catholic. This isn’t rocket science.
Everything the Institute does, from teaching, service, vestments, customs etc., are directed towards the best worship of God of which we are capable in line with the liturgy handed down over centuries. Not because it is old, but because it is so very good. They exist to celebrate the timeless Mass. In other words, they seek to extend the reign of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in every sphere of life. Truth. Charity. The Sacred Liturgy. All in the service of Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church.
With all due respect to the great Archbishop, it ain’t about buckles and capes. And if there is any “carefree acceptance “ that has led to trouble, it’s the unexamined putative papal abdication in 2013.
When will that be examined, I wonder?
I cannot resist quoting Bob Dylan. The title above is from his anthemic song about the salvific action of Christ, Pay in Blood. Listen to it now. I’ll wait.
But this post, while reminding me of the above line, isn’t about Bob at all. It’s about “This is how.” It’s about the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS). I’ll explain.
In a post over at Gloria TV about the satanic attacks of the Archbishop of Chicago against one of the finest Catholic priestly societies in the Church today, a post that relates how the ICRSS did not sign a letter that contains falsehoods and would neuter the entire Institute, not to mention would abandon the timeless Mass for the mess of pottage that is the n.o., one comment caught my eye:
“This is a big test for ICKSP. I’m curious to see how they will handle this.”
Well, This Is How. They didn’t sign the letter.
They now have incurred the petty wrath of a mid-manger servant of a truly satanic agenda. The “test” isn’t “how will the Institute get back at the Cardinal?” No. The test is “will the Institute betray its charism and abandon the timeless Mass?” And they have not.
The very interesting question of what happens next is not the same as how will the Institute handle the test. To date, they have passed it. They signed no letter of betrayal. They didn’t abandon Our Lord.
Whatever prudential decisions they make to care for the many souls attached to them may or may not be what internet Catholics, desperate for any check on the agenda of evil, would like to see in the heat of the moment. Count me among these people much of the time.
That isn’t the test. The test is whether the ICRSS will remain true to Christ, His Mass, and their own charism.
So far so good.
They do not seek confrontation, but it is clear that there are lines that will not be crossed. They are doing well in a tough spot, and have an worldwide flock to consider. They deserve our prayers and support.
I have seen nothing yet to shake my confidence in them. Veritatem facientes in caritate.
We are back in the ghetto of post-1969 suppression of our rights as Catholics. Read Quo Primum. Rest assured you have a right to the traditional Mass. The Real Mass. And then pray, resist, be at peace, ask Our Lady to act. Ask Our Lord to let her heart triumph, and that the true pope will be known, recognized, and reign gloriously.
The servants of satan in the hierarchy will fall. Rest assured. No matter what persecution comes, stay on the side of Christ and His Holy Mother.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
The execrable move of the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago to “shut down” (in the words of Fr. Z) the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in that Archdiocese merits a vigorous response. I know what I would do. What the Institute will do I can only guess.
Pray for its Superiors and the faithful that Cupich wants to spiritually slaughter. Petty, vindictive move by a petty, vindictive hireling of the worst order.
But Tim, isn’t the Institute a Society of Apostolic Right? Doesn’t its charter allow exclusive recourse to the timeless Mass? How can Cupich do this? Doesn’t the Pope have to approve it? Well, certainly the Pope has to approve it (either legally or politically— Cupich is nothing if not mad for power over others).
Will anyone, ANYONE, do something about the question of our time? Just WHO is the pope? Because I doubt Pope Benedict is behind this.
I have no vote on the Institute response—so far, they have held the line, and deserve credit for it.
But for what it’s worth, I would carry on as usual regardless of this lawless act. Publish Mass times for August and thumb in the eye.
“Since in the course of centuries the holy liturgy has been gaining more and more completeness, it is but natural that this precious mine should come to be further opened in honor of the Virgin Mother. The Order of Saint Francis, it would seem, as well as certain particular churches, such as Rheims and Paris for example— had already taken the initiative, when Urban VI in 1389 instituted today’s solemnity. The Pope counseled a fast on the vigil of the feast, and ordered that it should be followed by an octave; he granted for its celebration the same indulgences as Urban IV had, in the previous century, attached to the festival of Corpus Christi. The Bull of promulgation, stopped by the Pontiff’s death, was again taken up and published by Boniface IX, his successor on the Chair of Peter.
“We learn from the lessons of the office formerly composed for this feast, that the object of its institution was, as Urban conceived it, to obtain the cessation of the schism then desolating the Church. The Papacy, exiled from Rome for 70 years, had barely re-entered it, when hell, infuriated at a return which crossed all its plans, had taken revenge by ranging under two leaders the flock of the one sheepfold. So deep was the obscurity wherewith miserable intrigues contrived to cover the authority of the legitimate shepherd, that numbers of churches, in all good faith, began to hesitate, and ended at last in preferring the deceptive staff of a hireling. Thicker yet was the darkness to grow, till night should be so dense, that for a moment the conflicting mandates of three Popes would simultaneously spread through the world; whilst the faithful, struck with stupor, would be at an utter loss to discern accurately which was the voice of Christ’s true Vicar. Never had the bride of the Son of God been in a more piteous situation. But Our Lady, to whom the true Pontiff had turned at the first rising of the storm, did not betray the Church‘s confidence. During all those years while the unfathomable justice of the Most High let the powers of hell hold sway, she stood for the defense of holy Church, trampling the head of the old serpent so thoroughly under her victorious foot, that in spite of the terrific confusion he had stirred up, he was unable to sully the faith of the people. Their attachment was steadfast to the unity of the Roman See, whosoever might be, in this uncertainty, its veritable occupant. Thus the West, divided in fact, but in principle ever one and undivided, reunited herself spontaneously as soon as God‘s moment came for the return of light….
“It was now to be shown that such a return of nations, in the very midst even of the tempest, was indeed the work of her who had been called upon by the pilot, half a century before, to succor the bark of Peter. Even they of the fractious assembly of Basle gave proof of this, in a way which has unfortunately been too much overlooked by historians who undervalue the high importance that liturgical facts hold in the history of Christendom. When about to separate, these last abettors of the schism devoted the 43rd session of their pretended council to the promulgation of this feast of the Visitation, in the establishment of which Urban VI had, from the outset, placed all his hopes. Notwithstanding the resistance of some of the more obstinate, the schism may, from that hour, be said to have ended. The storm was subsiding; the name of Mary, invoked thus by both sides, shone resplendent as the sign of peace amidst the clouds, even as the rainbow in its sweet radiance unites both extremities of the horizon. ‘Look upon it,’ says the Holy Ghost, ‘and bless Him that made it: it is very beautiful in its brightness. It encompasseth the heaven about with the circle of its glory: the hands of the Most High have displayed it.’”
— from the Liturgical Year
After a mini-resurgence of regular blogging in the first few months of this so-far annus horibilis, you may have noticed a mini-dearth of posting in the last few weeks. Why? My motivation is still there, but after the nuclear war talk paused among the Ukraine media cheerleaders, and as it seems Russia is slowly but surely drawing the noose over the Azov battalion, there has been an absolute dearth of news.
By dearth of news, I stress dearth of news you don’t already know. I mean, yes, scads of professional athletes, young people and early middle-aged people are dropping dead of the clot shot. You knew that. Yes, they will bring back the coof restrictions as long as sheeple let them. You knew that. Yes, the Chinese communists have zero respect for human life. You knew that.
And yes, Bergoglio sure does everything in his power to destroy the Church. You knew that, too.
Today, news from Lifesite that he has removed the chaplain of the traditional Carmelite community he is trying to destroy in Pennsylvania. Yep, accompanying them all the way to an inability to receive the Sacraments. This order has said they will resist this unjust and illegitimate crackdown. Good for them.
May their chaplains stick with them, and may faithful Catholics support them. May God protect their vocations, their charism, and their souls.
Perhaps when Mary’s Immaculate Heart triumphs the Pope will finally break his long silence. Until then, pray for him.