By Alex Salentine
SAN FRANCISCO – Today Archbishop Salvatore Cordineone of San Francisco announced that there will be Latin Masses on the First Wednesday of the month, for as long as he is Archbishop at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, at the side altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The archbishop said this was because of “requests from the faithful and the overwhelming response to the first Latin Mass in July.” I have gone to the first of such masses which was held in July and celebrated by Fr. John Chung of the Star of the Sea Parish, which I frequently visit, which also celebrates the Latin Mass in San Francisco. It was a mass held at the side altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside the Cathedral. It was a normal Latin Low Mass with organ accompaniment and confessions throughout the whole mass. I can say it was a wonderful experience, especially with an organ in the background and readily available confessions, which gave everyone the opportunity to receive Our Lord in a state of grace. Archbishop Cordileone, a friend of tradition, has done ordinations for the FSSP and ICKSP and has served several Pontifical Solemn High Masses. He was one of the first bishops to respond to the Mortu Priprio Traditionis Custodes with a positive view of the Latin Mass. He expressed these views in the Archdiocese of San Francisco saying “The Mass is a miracle in any form: Christ comes to us in the flesh under the appearance of Bread and Wine. Unity under Christ is what matters. Therefore, the Traditional Latin Mass will continue to be available here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and provided in response to the legitimate needs and desires of the faithful.” He is one of the most conservative bishops, and one of the biggest supporters for Proposition 6. During the lockdowns, he fought for the right for Catholics to worship in our churches. He led a protest called “Free the Mass” which I was proud to be a part of that demanded the opening of churches in San Francisco and which eventually worked. By the end of August 2020, we had our churches open thanks to our Archbishop. Also, his push to deny communion to Pro-Abortion politicians is very well known. He has admonished and made statements about Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco in Congress. He is very devoted to Life, leading Rosary Walks every Sunday around the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. He publishes a Pastoral Letter on Life called “Before I Formed You in the Womb, I Knew You” about Abortion, Human Dignity, and Communion for Catholics in Public Life. He is also a defender of the Eucharist, having Litanies of Reparation on the last Friday of the month and defending the Eucharist from Sacrilege and drafting a document for the USCCB on clear teaching for the Eucharist. As you can see, we have a very conservative and orthodox bishop for which I am very grateful. Instead of restricting the Latin Mass, he is expanding it in my Archdiocese of San Francisco, for which I am also very grateful. This follows a pattern of Catholic tradition expanding all over the world despite the document “Traditionis Custodes” which restricts the Latin mass in a draconian way. This shows the strength of tradition in the face of persecution, its resiliency, and the friends it has made amongst some bishops. These bishops are now big supporters of tradition and are willing to protect and defend it, like Cordineone and many others. This shows that Pope Francis’ efforts to restrict tradition are backfiring. Instead, they are creating more traditionalists and expanding tradition as we have never seen before. This can be seen in the record attendance at Latin mass on the Sunday after the Motu Proprio was published and the expansion of Latin masses. Despite the efforts of so many to restrict tradition, from Vatican II and onwards, the glory and might of tradition, just simply cannot be contained.
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