Bishop William Callahan of La Crosse, Wisconsin, has strictly banned the Traditional Latin Mass at parish churches in his diocese, according to a Wisconsin priest.
Fr. Michael Klos, who pastors three parishes in the Diocese of La Crosse, wrote last month that he received a letter from Callahan announcing the new restrictions in accordance with Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis Custodes.
“After months of discussions and a real feeling that we had made our case, things were turned on their head a little over a week ago,” said Fr. Klos, who regularly offered the Latin Mass at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish on Saint Mary’s Ridge.
Callahan reportedly “struggled” with how to implement the motu proprio, which places severe limits on the traditional liturgy at parishes. Fr. Klos noted that bishops have varied in their interpretations of the controversial, widely criticized document but that Callahan “sadly … did not find the solutions of those who have left the practice in their dioceses ‘as is’ compelling.”
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