Below are two Christmas Midnight Masses that happened in Chicago last week. The first is one that happened at St Sabina, "pastored" for eleven years by Father Michael Pfleger. I've written much about him in the past. Truth be told, he's a nut-job. Well, what else do you call someone who claims to be against gun violence, but then called for a gun shop owner to be snuffed? His words, not mine.
In this anthology of posts about "Snuffy" Pfleger (my new nickname for him, for aforementioned reasons) you'll see some of his Masses that are nothing more than garish extravaganzas. This Christmas mass follows along that pattern. I use the word "mass" loosely for there is such disregard for the most basic rubrics that I'm not sure the Eucharist was confected and thus not sure real masses took place.
This clip is over two hours long. It is replete with loud band music, strobe lights waving all over the place, the ubiquitous liturgical dancers twirling and prancing hither and yon, etc. I'd advise you not to try to watch the whole thing, unless you have the stomach for it. The Consecration (or charade of consecration) takes place at the latter half.
The other clip is from St John Cantius. It is a solemn high Mass in the Extraordinary Form. It is reverent. All attention is directed to Our Lord and the Holy Sacrifice. True worship of God, and of God alone, is taking place. That is precisely why the progressives want this Mass obliterated.
So why am I and others directing so much attention to the Archdiocese of Chicago? It's because Cardinal Cupich issued a policy that basically directs the long knives at the Traditional Latin Mass - not the gaudy hooplas at St Sabina, but at Traditional Latin Masses such as those conducted at St. John Cantius. Consider that Cupich's policies were announced in Vatican News. That fact alone indicates that what Cupich is doing may well be at the behest of the Vatican as a "trial balloon", if you will. Scroll to the bottom of this link to see a pdf outlining Cupich's restrictions.
To reiterate what I said in another post... Traditionis Custodes is NOT to be obeyed. It is immoral and sacrilegious on its face. This is the oath that all popes take when they are coronated. How is Traditionis Custodes not in violation of this? We will continue to attend the Tradtional Latin Mass. Those of my readers who attend the Novus Ordo should consider supporting the continuance of this Mass and to combat any deviation from the General Instructions for the Roman Missal. I'd also urge you to attend at least one of the Traditional Latin Masses.
It is difficult to predict the future, not only because of the pope's obvious animus towards the Mass of the Ages but because of the governmental tyranny that encroaches under the guise of "combatting Covid". But as so many of our ancestors did before us, by the grace of God we will ensure that the Mass does not die, even if we must do so in spite of our prelates.
Father Pfleger's sorry excuse for a "mass". Please take in small doses for your own sanity.
Traditional mass at St John Cantius. Note the reverence and the worship - a vast improvement over the circus that you saw above.