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(LifeSiteNews) — Popular Catholic commentators have been reacting with shock and outrage to video footage of Pope Francis and prominent cardinals partaking in a “smudging” ritual invoking a “sacred circle of spirits” that went “viral” on social media earlier this week.
“We Catholics are not allowed to participate in non-Catholic rites, period!” prominent Catholic podcaster and author Dr. Taylor Marshall reacted in a livestreamed video on his YouTube channel on Friday.
“Listen to the words that are used and ask yourself, ‘Can this be reconciled with Catholicism?’ I’m 100 percent convinced it cannot be,” the author added.
Matt Gaspers, managing editor of Catholic Family News, likewise responded with shock, writing on social media, “My friend Taylor Marshall is fired up today — and rightly so, considering that Pope Francis and other Catholic prelates participated in a pagan ritual this week.”
— Matt Gaspers (@MattGaspers) July 29, 2022
“I will be sharing many stories of the evil and dangers of sage ‘smudging’ in my forthcoming book,” chimed in Catholic author and exorcist scholar Charles D. Fraune.
I will be sharing many stories of the evil and dangers of sage “smudging” in my forthcoming book.
“Give us access to the sacred circle of spirits so they can be with us.” Lord, have mercy!
Francis is literally participating in summoning demons.
This is so wrong. 🤦😡 https://t.co/Lt9HwjIEAS
— Charles D. Fraune (@CharlesDFraune) July 28, 2022
“‘Give us access to the sacred circle of spirits so they can be with us,’ Lord, have mercy!” added Fraune, quoting words said by one of the leaders of the ceremony.
Marshall and others also pointed to the fact that while Francis and other prelates seem to endorse non-Catholic worship, they, at the same time, restrict and condemn the Traditional forms of Catholic worship.
“[While participating in non-Catholic worship] he’s going to restrict the ancient Roman Rite of the Catholic Church?” Marshall asked rhetorically.
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UPDATE (8/2/22): Cardinal Cupich has regretfully banned the Institute of Christ the King from offering the Traditional Latin Masses or hearing Confessions at their parish in Chicago.
An official sign from the Institute was posted at the Shrine of Christ the King, saying: “As of August 1, the celebration of public Masses is suspended. Confession times are discontinued. The Chapel remains open for prayer.”
Cardinal Cupich has forbidden the Institute of Christ the King to operate in Chicago (see image). This is very sad; Pope B16 said “it behooves ALL of us” to preserve the riches of the ancient Catholic liturgy. pic.twitter.com/rGkVC2XupF— Watershed Staff (@ccwatershed) July 31, 2022
See LifeSiteNews' special report here.
Sources have leaked to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Cupich seems ready to completely ban a community of Traditional priests from offering the Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Chicago!
July 31st appears to be the deadline for priests belonging to the Institute of Christ the King to close down all public Latin Masses — which would end their ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago full stop.
This outrageous persecution against faithful Catholics is an affront to 2,000 years of Tradition and is the rallying cry for today's saints: We need brave and devout Catholics across the world to demand Cardinal Cupich respect the holy priests of the Institute of Christ the King and SAVE the Traditional Latin Mass!
SIGN: CARDINAL CUPICH MUST HEAR THAT CATHOLICS LIKE YOU LOVE AND SUPPORT THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS! >>>
The Institute of Christ the King has attracted national attention for its beautiful, reverent, and profound celebration of the TLM — all of which looks set to end in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!
There are currently 18 ICKSP apostolates dotting more than 10 states in America — serving 400-500 faithful Catholics just in the city of Chicago with 3 Latin Masses every Sunday. With this rumored attack, Cupich — who also serves in high-profile Vatican positions — is sending a sign to all traditionalist priests worldwide.
This robust Catholic community is truly a jewel of Catholic Tradition — making it odd that the ICKSP might be the subject of censorship!
The Church hosts synods on synods on synods and pays millions of dollars to consultants to figure out how to get people interested in going to Mass and the end result is shutting down the Masses people literally beg to attend lol.— Zac Mabry (@ZacMabry) July 15, 2022
As LifeSiteNews continued reporting...
"Cardinal Cupich, a close collaborator of Pope Francis and a promoter of the liberal agenda within the Church, has already issued restrictions regarding the traditional Latin rite within his diocese at the end of last year."
*** Catholics must defend and promote the Traditional Latin Mass before the potential July 31st deadline! ***
It’s important now more than ever to send a message to Cardinal Cupich that the Institute of Christ the King must continue its ministry of offering the TLM without fear of retaliation or hostility.
END OF JULY DEADLINE: SEND A MESSAGE TO CARDINAL CUPICH THAT YOU STAND WITH THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING! >>>
The crackdown is expected to take effect at the end of July, when the Institute of Christ the King will be expected to celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass — in opposition to their vocational calling to protect the TLM.
This mandate is by design, but the ICKSP is currently holding strong. Catholics all across the world must tell the faithful priests of the ICKSP that we are praying for them and raising our voices!
RAISE YOUR VOICE: PROTECT THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS FROM CENSORSHIP! >>>
Thank you for committing yourself to the frontline fight defending Catholicism from the onslaught of the Cardinal Cupich’s modernist movement. It is moments like these that Catholics from all over the world show their true colors. Stand for TRADITION. Defend the Institute of Christ the King! Send a message to Cardinal Blase Cupich!
DEFEND THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS BY SENDING A RESOUNDING MESSAGE NOW! >>>
Return to Tradition also features the LifeSiteNews article mentioned throughout this petition.
Thank you for signing this petition and sending a message to Cardinal Cupich before the end of the month deadline.
“Traditional Baptism? Restricted. Traditional Confirmation? Restricted. Traditional Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Restricted. Traditional Penance? Restricted. Traditional Breviary? Restricted … ” he added.
As reported by LifeSiteNews, on the fourth day of his Apostolic “pilgrimage” to Canada, Francis joined a pagan “smudging” ritual during his visit to Quebec, partaking in the indigenous practice before delivering a lengthy speech in which he expressed “deep shame and sorrow” for the part played by Catholic Church members in government-funded residential school abuses.
A number of high-ranking prelates were also in attendance, including the Archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Christopher Collins; Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada Gerald Lacroix; Cardinal Michael F. Czerny, S.J., prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Cardinal Marc A. Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; Archbishop of Edmonton Richard W. Smith; and the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
As noted by LifeSiteNews, the “smudging” is intended as a “ritual of purification” directed toward a deity other than the One True God, in this case, “mother earth.” As such, the ritual is not merely a cultural act but a religious act of “superstition,” reminiscent of the Pope Francis’ veneration of the pagan pachamama idol at the Vatican in 2019.