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(LifeSiteNews) – Readers who have only been following LifeSite for a few years, or those who haven’t had their finger on the pulse of Church issues for a long time, may not be aware that news out of the Vatican did not used to always cause confusion and consternation amongst Catholics. In fact, there was quite often good news out of the Vatican when it came to pro-life issues.
Of course, there were plenty of scandals in the Church before the Francis pontificate. But the disparity between how Church leadership approached these scandals then, particularly when it came to the issue of abortion, versus how it has handled them since Francis took office, could not be more obvious.
One such scandal occurred in 2009, when a nine-year-old girl in Brazil became pregnant with twins after being raped by her stepfather. The abortion lobby immediately began using this heartbreaking case to campaign to liberalize the country’s abortion laws. Ultimately, the twins were aborted, and the local archbishop excommunicated the doctors who committed the abortion. (Under Church law, anyone who willingly procures or commits an abortion automatically incurs excommunication; in this case, the local archbishop publicly announced that the abortionists were excommunicated.)
What followed was what LifeSiteNews co-founder and editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen described during a January 2010 Human Life International conference as “probably the most serious attack on the pro-life movement in its history. It came from the Vatican itself – that’s why it was so serious.”
LifeSite's Rome correspondent, Louis Knuffke, delivers four other LifePetitions to the Vatican:
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.
“The Vatican is the biggest ally of the pro-life movement worldwide, no question,” Westen said in 2010. “Everybody remembers when at the U.N., the Vatican was always the last man standing when it came to international pressure.”
So Archbishop Rino Fisichella, then the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, shocked the world when he wrote an article in L’Osservatore Romano criticizing the local bishop for excommunicating the doctors.
The secular media loved it. A 2009 Associated Press headline blared, “Vatican archbishop defends doctors in lifesaving abortion.”
“What happened next was quite amazing,” Westen recalled. Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life presented Pope Benedict XVI with a “dossier” on the scandal. “That dossier was compiled with information that we have published on LifeSiteNews, as well as all the other information they had amassed. The Holy Father himself then called a meeting with the head of the Secretary of State and ordered a clarification to be published in the Vatican newspaper.”
“That clarification is amazing,” said Westen. “That clarification is probably the strongest statement on pro-life that has been in the Vatican newspaper in its history.”
Watch John-Henry Westen’s full January 2010 speech HERE.
Read our series celebrating LifeSite’s 25-year anniversary HERE.