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NEWS ANALYSIS: The juxtaposition of laxity for liturgical abuses with forceful crackdowns of reverent worship well beyond Pope Francis’s recent directives calls into question Cardinal Blase Cupich’s stated prioritization of promoting unity and the reforms of Vatican II.
CHICAGO — Perhaps no U.S. diocese has implemented Traditiones Custodes, Pope Francis’s motu proprio restricting what is commonly known as the traditional Latin Mass, as forcefully as the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In fact, Cardinal Blase Cupich’s enactment of the decree has gone beyond what the text of both the motu proprio and a subsequent clarification issued by the Vatican require, including additional limitations placed on communities still allowed by Traditiones Custodes to celebrate the pre-conciliar Mass previously known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and an effective ban on the ad orientem celebration of the ordinary form of the Mass by diocesan priests — a measure not even hinted at in the Pope’s original guidance. …