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ROME (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller has once again condemned the German bishops’ “Synodal Way” as an “anti-Catholic” endeavor that was “doomed from the start.” 

Reacting to the Vatican’s July 21 statement in which the Holy See clarified to the German bishops that the “Synodal Way” could not operate on its own apart from Rome without violating ecclesial communion, Müller, who formerly served as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told EWTN Vatican in an interview that the “Synodal Way” is effectively “over,” and that it was “doomed from the start” regardless of the fact that “its initiators haven’t realized it yet.” 

READ: Cdl. Müller: ‘Nobody can change’ Catholic doctrine that homosexuality is ‘grave sin’

Continuing to use direct language, Müller referred to the German’s “Synodal Way” as “anti-Catholic” and on the “wrong track,” while calling the program’s leaders’ attempted rebuttal to Rome, in which they accused the Vatican of refusing to engage in a “conversation” with them, “intolerable.” 

“[The Holy See’s condemnation of the ‘Synodal Way’] really has nothing to do with synodality and collegiality, nor with respect for the episcopal office,” Müller said, clarifying that the move was merely about a “simple principle of Catholic ecclesiology.” 

Müller then said that the “Synodal Way in Germany” was never about “synodality” or a “way,” but was, from the start, constructed in a way one would expect from a “political organization” that considers itself to be the “vanguard of the universal Church.”

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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.”

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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!

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."

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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! 

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“Revelation is entrusted to the Church for faithful preservation, and not, as the Synodal Way meant at the beginning, that this virtually randomly assembled body somehow has the right and authority to override the Church’s sacramental constitution and reinterpret Revelation according to its meaning,” charged Müller, going on to describe this attempted “vanguard” as a “birth defect of this body.” 

“What is being pursued here is nothing other than division,” added Müller. “It is a so-called reform with a crowbar.” 

In the concluding part of the interview, Müller responded to a statement made by Irme Stetter-Karp, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) – which along with the German Bishops’ Conference makes up the Synodal Presidium – in which she said access to “abortion” needs to be “ensured” across “the board.” 

“Whoever wants to guarantee these crimes, area-wide for the entire population, cannot pose as a reformer of the Church,” stated Müller. “After all, the Church is not the object of our reform. The Church is founded by Christ, cannot be reformed, is unsurpassable; only we can go the way and must go the way of repentance and renewal.” 

“We must reform and renew ourselves in Jesus Christ and thus give the answer to the challenges of today.” 

READ: Cdl. Müller: Father James Martin’s LGBT propaganda is ‘heresy’

As reported by LifeSiteNews, the “Synodal Way” is a highly controversial movement within the German Catholic Church which was launched by the bishops in 2019. The movement is bringing together Germany’s bishops and laypeople with a view to change the Church’s teachings on priestly celibacy, the role of women, sexual morality, and abortion. 

While many prelates have spoken out against the initiative, Müller in particular has been one of the strongest critics of the heretical movement, consistently reminding the German bishops and the faithful that “Nobody can change” Catholic doctrine regarding fundamental issues like homosexuality.  

“This is absolutely clear, and nobody can change the doctrine of our Catholic faith that homosexual behavior is a grave sin,” Müller told LifeSiteNews editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen in an interview last month.  

“Nobody has authority to change or to falsify the revealed Catholic faith according to the Word of God and the doctrine of the Church.”

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