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CHICAGO (LifeSiteNews) – My friend Jonathan Blevins spoke the words in the hearts and minds of many Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago when he recently tweeted, “Dear @CardinalBCupich, Please make it stop.”

He made the comments in reference to a video he posted from a February 13 Mass at Holy Family Church in Inverness, Illinois. The original full Mass video has since been made private.

“Loving God, rock with us as we roll with you,” Father Terry Keehan says during what is supposed to be the final blessing at the end of the Mass.

“My friends, the Lord is with you,” Keehan says, before raising the guitar and using it to “bless” the congregation. The parish is hosting a “Holy Family Gala 2022 Rock Fest” where for $350, patrons get “Mass, open bar, dinner and entertainment.”

Blevins, a former youth minister and director of evangelization and formation in the Archdiocese, could have been speaking about any number of parishes.

Or about actions taken by Cupich not to suppress guitar blessings, but to suppress the Latin Mass, such as telling the priests at the popular parish St. John Cantius they may not offer the Traditional Latin Mass on the first Sundays of the month, Christmas, the Easter Triduum, Easter Sunday, and Pentecost Sunday.

There is no such requirement to do this in Traditionis Custodes – this is a decision by Cupich. The archdiocese allows guitar “blessings” at the end of Mass – but forbids priests and parishioners from publicly saying the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Chicago parish hosts female deacon advocacy group

St. Barnabas in Chicago must feel confident that it can openly promote a female “diaconate” without punishment from Cupich – it’s hosting an event March 27 with a group called “Discerning Deacons.”

“Pope Francis is asking Catholics to talk about our Church. Join us in answering that call when we welcome the national group Discerning Deacons,” the bulletin says. The parish said the conversation will be about “restoring the female diaconate [sic]” and “once again ordaining [sic] women deacons.”

This is a falsehood – the Church has never sacramentally “ordained” female deacons. Historically there were “deaconesses” who helped during baptisms or during marital violence accusations to look for bruises on the women – but they never received a sacramental “ordination.”

But that has not stopped six other Catholic parishes and eight Catholic high schools from sponsoring the event.

Please, make it stop.

What is the solution? I honestly do not know. It might just be time.

At some point the Archdiocese of Chicago may, for better or for worse, shrink so much that the next archbishop embraces tradition and cleans house.

The demographics for the archdiocese are not evident of a thriving Catholic population – it has 15 seminarians at the major Mundelein Seminary, four of whom are from St. John Cantius. It will ordain at most three new priests this year, one of those being a member of the Canons Regular.

For reference, neighboring Diocese of Joliet will also ordain three priests this year – despite being one-fourth the size of the Archdiocese of Chicago (658,000 Catholics to 2.2 million).

Meanwhile, 30 priests retired at the end of 2021 and the archdiocese plans to close 123 parishes by July of this year, NBC News reported. Just four years ago there were 344.

If the Archdiocese of Chicago realizes the problem lies with its rejection of tradition and embrace of novelty, it is not showing it.

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Pope Francis has issued a new decree, "Traditiones Custodes," severely restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition with other Catholics, and ask the Pope to reconsider this new and divisive Motu Proprio.

Pope Francis' decree clamps down hard on the TLM. In it, he effectively does away with Pope Benedict's protection of it, handing bishops in every diocese the right to suppress it, while demanding new priests get permission from their bishop and the Vatican to offer the Mass of the Ages. 

As Catholics who value Tradition and know the place of the Magisterium in safeguarding the Deposit of Faith, it is time to speak up and have our voices heard

Francis has decried rigidity and intolerance for years, but now is showing intolerance and rigidity himself by forcing his very narrow understanding of liturgy on one of the true sources of good fruit in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

Our Lord said that "a bad tree cannot bear good fruit", and yet we see more and more souls drawn to Christ through the TLM, with marriages dedicated to God and open to many children, and vocations also abounding in traditional seminaries, orders and priestly societies.

Indeed, the Traditional Latin Mass has been a source of unity for the Catholic Church for more than 1500 years, producing great saints, repentant sinners, and souls won for Christ across the world. *Read below how Benedict XVI decried attacks against the TLM and its adherents.

To attempt to restrict the Traditional Latin Mass, as a new generation are rediscovering the treasures of God's Church, will inevitably cause further division and hurt among the faithful, risking the loss of some souls who will regretfully turn away

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Finally, please pray, fast and do penance for the salvation of souls, including that of our shepherds, during this turbulent time in Church history.

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'BREAKING: Pope Francis abrogates Pope Benedict’s universal permission for Old Mass' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-abrogates-pope-benedicts-universal-permission-for-old-mass

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* Pope Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000):

"For fostering a true consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that the proscription against the form of liturgy in valid use up to 1970 [the older Latin Mass] should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a leper; all tolerance ends here. There has never been anything like this in history; in doing this we are despising and proscribing the Church’s whole past. How can one trust her at present if things are that way?"

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Father Jason Malave, a spokesperson for Cupich, told NBC News that “our culture has shifted so radically, so radically, and we are no longer the church of the 1970s, the 1960s.”

With all due respect, the problem is many Chicago churches continue to be the church of the 1960s and 1970s.

Please, make it stop.

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Matt lives in northwest Indiana with his wife and son. He has a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Economics and Catholic Studies from Loyola University, Chicago. He has an M.A. in Political Science and a graduate certificate in Intelligence and National Security from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He has worked for Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action, Turning Point USA and currently is an associate editor for The College Fix.

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