Here in the Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Malesic has granted continued, temporary, full access to the TLM until he meets with advisors and the TLM priests on August 4, 2021.

As we have some time between now and then, we are encouraged to author positive letters to His Excellency. It’s easy to be positive about the Mass we love so much.

The mailing address for Bishop Malesic is:

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland
1404 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

Canon 87

The Ordinary of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, Bishop Paprocki, has issued his own response to the motu proprio of Pope Francis.

…Whereas according to canon 87, §1 of the Code of Canon Law, “A diocesan bishop, whenever he judges that a dispensation will contribute to their spiritual good, is able to dispense the faithful from universal and particular disciplinary laws issued for his territory or his subjects by the supreme authority of the Church.”

Therefore, I, the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, by the Grace of God and favor of the Apostolic See, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, do hereby decree the following:

1. It has been determined that the Canons Regular of the Society of Saint John Cantius, the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, and the Canons Regular of Saint Thomas Aquinas do not deny the validity and the legitimacy of the liturgical reform as dictated by Vatican Council II and the Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs, and therefore may continue to use the 1962 Roman Missal (Art. 3, § 1).

2. It has been determined that Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Quincy, Illinois, canonically erected for the benefit of these faithful, is effective for the spiritual growth of the faithful and is therefore retained (Art. 3, § 5).

3. Since it will contribute to the spiritual good of the faithful, to the extent that it may be needed, a dispensation is granted from Art. 3, § 2 of Traditionis custodes authorizing the use of the 1962 Roman Missal at the parish churches St. Rose of Lima Church in Quincy, Illinois, and Sacred Heart Church of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield, Illinois. Eucharistic celebrations are permitted at these locations using the Roman Missal promulgated by Saint John XXIII in 1962 on any or all days of the year. In these celebrations the readings are proclaimed in the vernacular language, using translations of the Sacred Scripture approved for liturgical use by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Art. 3, § 3).

4. The priests of the Canons Regular of the Society of Saint John Cantius and the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter are entrusted with these celebrations and with the pastoral care of the faithful who attend the Masses at St. Rose of Lima Church in Quincy, Illinois, and at Sacred Heart Church of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield, Illinois (Art. 3, § 4).

5. Priests who already celebrate Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are authorized to continue to enjoy this faculty upon request (Art. 5).

Bishop Paprocki is a Canon lawyer. He knows the law of the Church. His invocation of Canon 87 seems to be the pivotal response needed to this unusually harsh promulgation from Pope Francis. Not being a Canon lawyer, I can only trust that the Bishop knows what he’s talking about. Certainly, a plain reading of the canon seems to say just that. And the bishop of Springfield is not the only one citing canon 87. Bishop Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, also utilized this particular canon in his response to Pope Francis’ motion.

Pray and fast, Friends.

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