Cupich axes nearly all archdiocese Tridentine masses (UPDATED)

Reports coming in this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany that Blaise Cupich, recognized by many as the archbishop of Chicago, has denied permission for the Tridentine mass (“The Latin Mass”) to all of the seven diocesan parishes that offered it except one, possibly two: St John Cantius in Chicago and St Peter in Volo.

No word on the status of the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago. The Shrine is the US Provincial Headquarters of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) and does not offer the Mass of Richard Nixon, also known in some quarters as “the Novus Ordo.”

The four parishes are:

  • St. James at Sag Bridge, Lemont (This church only started offering the Tridentine mass six months ago, in July 2021, when Cupich transferred it there when he closed St Thomas More on Chicago’s South Side.)
  • St. John Vianney, Northlake (This parish on the outer rim of the archdiocese resumed offering the Tridentine mass under indult in the 1990s and then every Sunday – albeit in their basement chapel, not their main church – after Summorum Pontificum)
  • St. Mary of Perpetual Help – All Saints-St Anthony, Bridgeport, Chicago
  • St. Odilo, Berwyn

In lieu of the Apostolic Roman Rite, Cupich will allow those parishes to offer the Nixon Rite Mass in Latin and ad orientem. We view that as a temporary accommodation.

Please pray for those of us who find Christ in the Apostolic Roman Rite mass.

UPDATED – January 30

Since last week we’ve learned:

  • St. Peter in Volo granted permission to offer the Tridentine mass.
  • Two priests granted permission to continue the Tridentine mass at St James at Sag Bridge in Lemont.
  • Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will continue completely as-is.

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