When I was vocation director for the Diocese of Savannah, (1986-1997) I sent college age men to the Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Msgr. Blase Cupich was the rector. Thus I had several private conferences with him over the years concerning our seminarians.
Evidently he liked my approach to the seminarians and offered me a non-academic position as “dean of students” for the college seminary. College aged seminarians were not my favorite group of seminarians, but I wanted Bishop Lessard to know that I had been asked, thus I said to Msgr. Cupich that I was interested and that of course I would agree that he request Bishop Lessard to release me to become the dean of students at the college seminary of the Josephinum.
When Bishop Lessard asked me about it and if I wanted to do it, I said, hell no! And then gave my reasons. But at least that letter of request is in my personnel file!
At the Josephinum of that time and due to Msgr. Cupich, a liturgist, the liturgies were very progressive. All the chapels had been wreckovated to emphasize the horizontal in the liturgy not the vertical. The main chapel was horribly wreckovated by him but since then and under our diocesan priest, who became rector there, Msgr. Chris Schreck, it was restored to its original splendor and ethos.
At Mass, no one kneeled, and things were rather “blah” as were the wreckovations.
After this lengthy intro, though, here’s the point of my post:
Now Cardinal Cupich in repressing the “antecedent Mass” in Chicago has indicated that priests/parishes must have his permission for the post Antecedent Mass to be celebrated ad orientem.
Personally, as a pastor, I would not want a parochial vicar to tell me that for his Masses, he would celebrate all of them ad orientem when the norm was facing the people. I would want a compromise and also an endorsement of a compromise from my bishop.
If the Antecedent Mass is to be cruelly suppressed, the implication is that it is now evil and divisive, couldn’t the good Cardinal have encouraged the current pope to throw a bone to traditionalists?
Tell them that one of their Sunday Masses could be ad orientem and with rubrics similar to the Ordinariate’s liturgy. That would have surely shown pastoral solicitude.
But I think Cardinal Cupich hates ad orientem and wants to suppress that too for the post-Antecedent Mass.
All of this is really about control and post-Antecedent liturgists are known to be controlling people. Just read Praytell and some of its posts and you will see.