There’s a brouhaha over the Prayer of Saint Michael in a Chicago Archdiocesan Church. At first, it was reported that Cardinal Cupich had ordered that it not be said after Mass. There is a video of the priest saying he is at peace and will comply with the good Archbishop’s request.
Later, though, there is a disclaimer by the pastor of the parish that the good Cardinal did not actually request this.
What is the truth?
Be that as it may, I am not opposed to local bishops supervising what happens during Mass or afterward as they are the primary liturgists of the diocese. They should not allow liturgical abuses and certainly would suspend and defrock a priest who consistently celebrates an illicit Mass that is more than likely invalid as well.
But it just so happens, that on Facebook, one can view last Sunday’s “Mass” from Saint Sabina Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago. I put “Mass” in quotations, because in no way does this “Mass” resemble the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the vernacular and with inculturation.
I don’t even think the Mass was valid. Fr. Celebrity had no Roman Missal on the altar and completely made up a “Eucharistic Prayer” that in no way resembles any of the myriad of Eucharistic Prayers that can be found in the Roman Missal of the latest incarnation of the 1970 version.
And yet, there is a complaint about the Prayer to St. Michael being prayed after Mass in one Chicago parish and absolutely nothing said over a more than likely invalid Mass in the same archdiocese where this has happened for decades.
Fortunately, St. Sabina was less than 1/3 full and mostly aging parishioners the majority of whom were women.