“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. As it hath pleased the Lord, so is it done. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
This is a blog post that was never foreseen. A golden era —a real treasure— is coming to an end in the Diocese of Cleveland. At least for the foreseeable future.
The ever-present questions surrounding the implementation of Traditionis Custodes in the Diocese of Cleveland seem to be getting answers at this very moment. The latest news is that Bishop Malesic has established St Elizabeth of Hungary as “a diocesan shrine for the promotion of the Christian heritage of the Hungarian people as well as for divine worship according to the liturgical books in use prior to the reform of 1970.”
But that’s not all.
News broke a couple weeks ago on Facebook that Fr. John Valencheck, the pastor of St. Sebastian in Akron, sent an email to newsletter subscribers giving more details regarding the future of the Traditional Latin Mass in the diocese. It’s really worth reading the notice from Fr. Valencheck for yourself, but it can be summarized thus: beginning Nov 1st, all Traditional Latin Masses in Akron will cease; all extraordinary form sacraments will be offered at St. Elizabeth only, which is intended to be staffed by the Institute of Christ the King; Bishop Malesic has petitioned Rome for St. Mary in Akron and St. Stephen in Cleveland to be two more locations to offer Holy Mass in the extraordinary form.
Even more, it was confirmed before Mass last Sunday at St. Rocco, and also at Mary Queen of Peace, according to a report from a Friend.
This weekend’s bulletin from St. Rocco also addresses the issue.
Worth noting here is the appeal by Father to continue to be involved with the parish even after November 1st.
Friends, this blog post has taken me so long to even draft, let alone publish. It’s one of the hardest things I could ever have thought of doing, that I could ever even accept as being real.
The Traditional Latin Mass has influenced and changed so many lives. And not just the lives of us laypeople, but also that of the priests who began to offer it for us.
Parishes, too, have relied upon it. The offertory money, the volunteering…it all benefitted the parish, the people and the pastor. The wonderful, former pastor of St. Stephen, Fr. S. Michael Franz, said on more than one occasion that the TLM people were “the most giving and most volunteering people.” It’s worth trying to figure out how we can continue to support the pastors who have supported us all these years.
Doubtless though, the future looks bleak for TLM places like Immaculate Conception Cleveland, or even St. Stephen, if the TLM gets completely pulled away.
This is all the fruit of the tree planted by Pope Francis and his friends.