Cardinal Cupich issues new restrictions on traditional Latin masses – Catholic Telegraph


Cardinal Blase Cupich issued a new policy for the Archdiocese of Chicago that restricts the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass and other Latin sacraments using liturgical books prior to 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 standards.

These rules specify that traditional Latin masses must incorporate readings from the scriptures in the vernacular, using the official translation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Furthermore, such Masses cannot be held in a parish church unless the Archbishop and the Vatican agree to grant a dispensation.

The new policy also prohibits the celebration of traditional Latin masses on the first Sunday of each month, Christmas, the triduum, Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday.

Set in motion by Pope Francis Traditionis custodes, the policy of the Archdiocese of Chicago was published on December 27 and first reported by Vatican News. Traditionis custodes is July 16 motu proprio in which the Pope imposed drastic restrictions on the celebration of Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962, known in various forms as the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, the Tridentine Mass and the traditional Latin Mass. (You can read an additional explanation of the document here.)

Chicago’s new rules mirror those set out in a explanatory document concerning the edict of Pope Francis published on December 18 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Vatican office responsible for matters related to the sacred liturgy.

“My intention in sharing this policy is to encourage you to reflect on the duty that we each owe to help our people at this time of Eucharistic revival by rediscovering the value of liturgical reform in the rites entrusted to us by the Council. Vatican II. Wrote in a cover letter to priests, Vatican News reported.

The Vatican explanatory document states that the intention of Traditionis custodes is to “reestablish in the whole Church of the Roman rite a single and identical prayer expressing its unity, according to the liturgical books promulgated by the popes Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in accordance with the decrees of the Vatican II Council and in accordance with the tradition of the Church.

The explanatory document notes that Traditionis custodes states that the sacraments cannot be celebrated using the liturgical books Rituale Romanum and Pontificale Romanum promulgated before the Vatican II reforms.

The Pontifical Romanum contains the rites and ceremonies usually performed by bishops and the Rituale Romanum is one of the official ritual books used by a priest or deacon for rites not included in the Roman Missal, which is used for the mass.

The Vatican congregation clarified that a diocesan bishop can authorize the use of the 1952 edition of the Rituale Romanum, but not of the Pontifical Romanum, “only to personal parishes canonically erected which, according to the provisions of the Motu Proprio Traditionis custodes, celebrate with the Missale Romanum [Roman Missal] from 1962.

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, one of the largest traditional societies of apostolic life, declared that the explanatory document “does not directly address the former Ecclesia Dei communities such as the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter who have their own rights. . “


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