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(LifeSiteNews) — A Spanish bishop warned that the Synod on Synodality’s first phase has included proposals that do not come from God.
Demetrio Fernández, the bishop of Córdoba, Spain, addressed problems of “discernment” he has observed in the Synod on Synodality in his weekly pastoral letter, originally reported on by ACI Prensa, Catholic News Agency (CNA)’s Spanish-language news partner.
Fernández cautioned that while the synod has “stirred up the waters of the Church,” it cannot now “invent” a new mission.
“It is the Holy Spirit who speaks in us. And here’s where the ambiguity can come in, because there is no lack of people who confuse the Holy Spirit with their own strange ideas,” wrote Fernández, according to CNA.
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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!
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Thank you for signing this petition and sending a message to Cardinal Cupich before the end of the month deadline.
While some “erratic proposals” have been dismissed in the first phase of the synod, Fernández accused others, which have been “proposed by a small minority and immediately included in the concluding documents,” of “lacking the most elementary discernment.”
The prelate therefore called for discernment using the Word of God as a guideline to “test the spirits to see if they come from God or from the evil one.”
Fernández said that departing from Tradition, which includes Magisterial Church teaching, “is erratic, it is condemning oneself to sterility. The Holy Spirit cannot now come to tell us something contrary to what he has said on previous occasions.”
He advised that the synod must look “at what the Church has done everywhere and always throughout the centuries.”
According to CNA, Fernández specified topics of concern in the synod, writing that “it makes no sense now to contradict” the Church’s doctrine on a celibate, male-only priesthood, the blessing of same-sex unions, abortion, and euthanasia.
Fernández emphasized that the Catholic Church does not make decisions according to a democratic process reflecting the will of “the people”: “The synods and assemblies are not to contradict what the Spirit says to his Church as if the Church were a civil parliament, which changes the laws at the demand of the voters,” he said.
He suggested that just as the Holy See has warned that the heretical German “Synodal Way” is not binding on the bishops and faithful, and does not oblige “new approaches to doctrine and morals,” neither should the Synod on Synodality be considered binding.
“What is happening at the Synod of the Church in Germany, and that the Holy See has warned that it ‘doesn’t have the power to oblige the bishops and the faithful to adopt new forms of government and new approaches to doctrine and morals’ ought to be applied to the whole Church,” Fernández said.
“Synods and assemblies. May God help us in these moments of turbulence in society and also in the Church,” the bishop added.
Spain has been the site of some of the most controversial proposals thus far in the Synod on Synodality, with the Archdioceses of Barcelona and Zaragoza having called for the consideration of optional priestly celibacy and the inclusion of women in the priesthood.
A number of traditional Catholic commentators have already warned of false doctrine promulgated by the Synod. Matt Gaspers, managing editor of Catholic Family News, warned that the Synod would be “a mishmash of confusion and heresy,” and UK author and commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly told LifeSiteNews of “fundamental error” in the Synod documents, and the subsequent “danger of proclaiming a false and worldly message instead of the Gospel of Christ.”