CHICAGO, Illinois (LifeSiteNews) – Community members in Chicago, including one Protestant minister, shared their support for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest amid the crackdown on the group by Cardinal Blase Cupich.
As reported by LifeSiteNews, on August 1, Cdl. Cupich removed faculties for ICKSP priests in Chicago for reportedly refusing to sign a document that would violate their charism for offering the sacraments in the traditional Roman rite.
In response to the shutdown, local members of Woodlawn on the South Side of Chicago have shared their support for ICKSP in an article in the Hyde Park Herald.
“[Cdl. Cupich] is basically withholding that key, as well as changing the fundamentals of the form of worship as it has existed at the Shrine for years,” First Presbyterian Church Pastor David Black told the Herald, whose church sits next to the Shrine of Christ the King. “And he is doing this without soliciting any direct input from the people of the congregation.”
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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
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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! >>>
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Black, and some members of his congregation, showed support to the ICKSP by joining a procession on July 31, the last Sunday the ICKSP was allowed to offer the TLM.
Black said he noticed that the congregation at the ICKSP parish was very diverse, suggesting the parish was a source of unity for local Catholics of all backgrounds.
“Every time that I’ve been with their congregation, I’ve just been amazed by, first of all, how much it’s growing, and how vital it is and just how multicultural it is,” Black told the Herald. “It’s just young families from all over the place – Latino, Black, white, many ethnicities, lots of immigrant families, lots of young kids.”
Another local resident, Heather Malpass, also expressed gratitude toward the ICKSP parish, thanking in particular Canon Matthew Talarico, the provincial superior of the Institute and Shrine’s rector, for his “community driven” approach and for his spiritual support to her and her now-deceased mother.
“Everyone in our neighborhood is really confused,” Malpass told the Herald, who lived across the street from the church with her mother until her death in April 2018.
“[Canon Talarico] was always running across the street, making sure she was okay. And this was all just being who he is,” Malpass said. “He also baptized her when she was in a coma at the University of Chicago, before she passed.”
Malpass explained to the Herald that the Institute’s “contribution to the community is much more powerful (than the form of the Mass they offer),” adding, “we really can’t imagine our neighborhood without them.”
The crackdown on the Traditional Latin Mass by Cdl. Cupich, a member of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, comes while liturgical abuses flourish in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Recent liturgical abuses of note include a homosexual couple giving a homily at a Father’s Day Mass, parishioners dancing on the altar at the end of a Pentecost Mass to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang, and a pastor at that same parish giving a blessing using a guitar.