STATEMENT OF THE CANONS REGULAR OF ST. JOHN CANTIUS
REGARDING THE MOTU PROPRIO: TRADITIONIS CUSTODES
Friday, July 16, 2021 - Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Today Pope Francis issued the Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodis, concerning the use of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Understandably this presents questions for our friends and the faithful of our parishes.
The Canons Regular have offered both forms of the Roman Rite even prior to our founding, at the request of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. For decades we have offered liturgical instruction to bishops, priests, and laity on the proper use of both liturgical forms, as well as its proper pastoral integration within parish life.
We believe we are in a unique position to show the unity and diversity of the liturgical heritage of the Church. We were founded to offer the gifts and treasures of Holy Mother Church for the sanctification of all, in communion with the Magisterium, and “in union with the local ordinary and his diocesan mission” — Constitutions of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. affirmed in 2003: “Here are the beginnings of a society, founded to make available to the people of God, the heritage and gifts of the universal Church in all their forms and all their splendor.”
The celebration of both forms of the Roman Rite remains proper law for our Institute as affirmed in our Constitutions. In 2019, our local ordinary Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, graciously approved these Constitutions which say -