Matt C. Abbott
Just as a still-unknown killer slashed the throat of Latin Mass priest Father Alfred Kunz of Dane, Wisconsin in 1998, Cardinal Blase Cupich has reportedly slashed the spiritual throat of the Latin Mass order Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, whose U.S. provincial headquarters is located in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
(How’s that for a hyperbolic simile?)
According to Catholic priest-blogger Father John Zuhlsdorf, Christian journalist and commentator Rod Dreher and Catholic World News, Cupich is effectively shutting down the ICKSP in the archdiocese effective August 1. The reason? “Cardinal Cupich reportedly made the decision to withdraw faculties from the ICKSP priests when they declined to celebrate the Novus Ordo liturgy once a month,” according to CWN.
Also from the CWN report:
In a July 17 post (updated July 23), Zuhlsdorf proposed the following:
In an earlier post, Zuhlsdorf alluded to Cupich’s decision as “a serious case of ecclesiastical pogrom.”
(How’s that for a hyperbolic metaphor?)
Sad to say: it’s very likely that Rome will back Cupich on this situation. Stay tuned.
Neither the archdiocese nor the ICKSP responded to my email queries.
The Chicago-based Canons Regular of St. John Cantius will still be permitted to offer the TLM, but that’s because they also offer the Novus Ordo Mass. The ICKSP doesn’t. Even so, I wonder if the CRSJC’s permission to offer the TLM will cease after May 20, 2023, as that appears to be the “endgame” according to correspondence from the Vatican to Bishop Stephen Parkes of Savannah, Georgia.
Meanwhile, from the Rorate Caeli blog:
Regarding Gregory and like-minded bishops, Zuhlsdorf writes:
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.© Matt C. Abbott
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