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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has made a number of appointments to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, including certain prominently anti-Traditional cardinals such as Blaise Cupich and Kevin Farrell.

In the day bulletin June 1, the Holy See announced Pope Francis had made a total of 22 nominations to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW). The nominees comprised of cardinals and bishops – including prelates already in the Vatican curia and others in sees around the world.

First, and most prominent among the Pope’s nominees, are a number of cardinals notable for their attachment to heterodox views on the Catholic faith. The cardinals include:

  • Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle: Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, hailed as a possible future Pope and known for his promotion of LGBT ideology.
  • Cardinal Blase Cupich: Archbishop of Chicago and member of the Vatican’s Congregation of Bishops, known for his widespread deviation from Church teaching on a variety of issues and opposition to the Traditional Latin Mass.
  • Cardinal Kevin Farrell: Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life, who opposed the Vatican’s ban on same-sex blessings and current papal Camerlengo. Farrell was a close colleague of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
  • Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero: Archbishop of Rabat (Morocco) and member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, who was praised by dissident Jesuit Father Thomas Reese for his ecumenical dialogue with Muslims in Morocco.
  • Cardinal Mario Grech: Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, responsible for the Synod on Synodality, and who has praised the German Synodal Way.
  • Cardinal-elect Lazarus You Heung-sik: Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.

Meanwhile among the non-cardinal nominees were Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Ilson de Jesus Montanari, Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops and Vice Camerlengo of the Roman Church.

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Pope Francis has issued a new decree, "Traditiones Custodes," severely restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition with other Catholics, and ask the Pope to reconsider this new and divisive Motu Proprio.

Pope Francis' decree clamps down hard on the TLM. In it, he effectively does away with Pope Benedict's protection of it, handing bishops in every diocese the right to suppress it, while demanding new priests get permission from their bishop and the Vatican to offer the Mass of the Ages. 

As Catholics who value Tradition and know the place of the Magisterium in safeguarding the Deposit of Faith, it is time to speak up and have our voices heard

Francis has decried rigidity and intolerance for years, but now is showing intolerance and rigidity himself by forcing his very narrow understanding of liturgy on one of the true sources of good fruit in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

Our Lord said that "a bad tree cannot bear good fruit", and yet we see more and more souls drawn to Christ through the TLM, with marriages dedicated to God and open to many children, and vocations also abounding in traditional seminaries, orders and priestly societies.

Indeed, the Traditional Latin Mass has been a source of unity for the Catholic Church for more than 1500 years, producing great saints, repentant sinners, and souls won for Christ across the world. *Read below how Benedict XVI decried attacks against the TLM and its adherents.

To attempt to restrict the Traditional Latin Mass, as a new generation are rediscovering the treasures of God's Church, will inevitably cause further division and hurt among the faithful, risking the loss of some souls who will regretfully turn away

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* Pope Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000):

"For fostering a true consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that the proscription against the form of liturgy in valid use up to 1970 [the older Latin Mass] should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a leper; all tolerance ends here. There has never been anything like this in history; in doing this we are despising and proscribing the Church’s whole past. How can one trust her at present if things are that way?"

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The members of the CDW normally serve for a five-year term and signal Pope Francis’s intention for the direction he wishes the Catholic Church’s liturgy and worship to take.

The amount of high-ranking prelates appointed to the CDW, including a large number of those who already hold significant positions is the curia, is notable particularly in light of the recent restrictions on the traditional liturgy.

READ: Pope restricts ‘divisive’ Traditional Latin Mass, says 52-yr-old Novus Ordo is ‘unique expression’ of Church’s liturgy

Among other duties, the CDW, soon to be renamed as a Dicastery on June 5, is responsible for overseeing the fate of the Traditional Mass, in light of the sweeping restrictions imposed by Pope Francis in Traditionis Custodes last July. 

Staunch anti-traditionalist Cardinal-elect Arthur Roche – who succeeded Cardinal Robert Sarah as CDW head last year – then issued his December 2021 Responsa ad dubia, enacting even more restrictions upon the Latin Mass and the sacraments. Some Vatican observers had suggested Roche had fallen out of favor with Francis, due to the harshness of his Responsa. However, such an outcome appears unlikely with Roche now set to receive the red hat in August.

Cardinal Cupich has become one of the more prominent supporters of the Pope’s motu proprio, enacting his own harsh restrictions on the Latin Mass while allowing LGBT “Masses” and endorsing Communion and funeral rites for unrepentant homosexuals. Cupich has also gone so far as to declare that priests may not deny the Eucharist to anyone in a state of homosexual sin. He has made similar comments about divorced and “remarried” Catholics and pro-abortion lawmakers.

Cupich is not alone in his support for the LGBT movement, however. Fellow cardinal members of the CDW Tagle, Farrell, Grech have made headlines due to their public, supportive stance both of LGBT ideology and even of “blessings” of same-sex unions. 

Indeed, such is the common support for LGBT ideology among the recent nominees to the CDW and the recently announced new-cardinals, that some have pointed to adherence to LGBT ideology as a key factor for promotion within the Vatican.

In light of the new nominees to the CDW, Augustinian Brother Martin Navarro suggested that “the belief that the TLM will continue only by priests and Religious that are in an irregular canonical standing is further proven true. To believe anything else is denial.”

READ: Vatican liturgy chief: Latin Mass just a ‘pastoral concession’ not aligned with post-Vatican II Church

Cardinal Cupich’s appointment in particular has been met with outrage from faithful Catholics online, with one Twitter user asking “Can things get any worse?”

Meanwhile, already on the ranks of the CDW is the pro-globalist former prefect for the Dicastery for Promoting of Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter Turkson; and the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.