WAUSAU, Wisconsin (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke offered encouragement and hope to traditional Catholics in a recent homily, lamenting the “poison of worldly thinking” within the Church.
During his August 7th homily at St. Mary’s Oratory run by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (IKCSP) in Wausau, Wisconsin, Burke spoke to faithful Catholics, warning of attacks both inside and outside the Catholic Church.
“Times like the present are not unlike that of the chosen people before the fall of Jerusalem,” he said. “Secular culture is an open and violent rebellion against the good order which God has written into nature and above all on the human heart.”
“Integrity of marriage and the family, the inviolable dignity of human life, and the fundamental freedom of religion are routinely violated in favor of a culture founded upon the willfulness of corrupted human hearts,” Burke continued.
“The poison of worldly thinking affects the life of the Church, drawing hearts away from Christ, from respect for the truth of Christian doctrine, and from the worship of God in spirit and in truth,” Burke warned.
His homily comes amid growing restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass as Chicago’s Cardinal Cupich cancelled public Masses and confessions of the priests of the ICKSP in his diocese, leaving some 400-500 faithful each Sunday deprived of the traditional Mass and sacraments.
This decision came after ICKSP priests refused to sign a letter presented by Cupich, declaring that the Novus Ordo Mass is the only true expression of the Roman rite, thereby rejecting the traditional Roman rite and their charism.
“Apostacy is painfully evident in the lives of those who claim to be devout Catholics while at the same time they disregard the apostolic tradition,” said Burke.
“In such times, sincere hearts struggle to understand the permissive will of God while Satan tempts them to doubt and discouragement, and to the abandonment of daily battle against the forces of evil,” he said.
“But we must never give way to doubt, discouragement, and the abandonment of the daily battle to defend our Lord and His holy Church,” Burke stated, adding, “even from enemies from within the Church.”
Cardinal Burke has consistently voiced support for the Latin Mass, defending Tradition against new documents published by the Congregation (now Dicastery) for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW).
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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.
In February 2022, Burke declared that the Responsa, a document placing severe restrictions on the traditional sacraments and Traditional Latin Mass, is binding “only inasmuch as they are coherent with the doctrine and discipline of the Church, according to the fundamental principle of the regula iuris [rule of law], which, when it is not respected, makes the law an arbitrary tool in the hands of individuals advancing a particular ideology or agenda.”
“Let us never forget that Christ is already the victor,” he encouraged in his homily. “May our worship of God in spirit and truth and above all our participation in the Eucharistic sacrifice of our Lord be the inexhaustible source of our serenity and devotion in fighting with Him, the good fight, in staying the course, in keeping the faith.”