UPDATE 28 July:
This has international attention now.
NB: As Fr Hunwicke noticed, Gregory forbade a Mass that wasn’t going to be at a dreaded parish church.
An official statement of Paulus Institute:
We must write that the Pontifical Solemn Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite may not take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on August 14, the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A letter from His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory was received by His Excellency Archbishop Gullickson, our intended celebrant. The decision of His Eminence is that the Mass would seem to be at odds with the recent restrictions of Pope Francis placed upon liturgical celebrations using the 1962 Roman Missal, and is not opportune at this time for permission. We were taken by surprise, since we had previous permission and recent expectations that all was well.
We ask this unfortunate reply be met with controlled reactions, whether with strength, substance, and opposition, but without polemics and inflammatory or coarse words, which The Paulus Institute rejects.
We deeply regret that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and historic Mass of the Vigil of Our Lady will not occur at the Shrine in the liturgical Roman Rite of millennia. This is the Mass of saints and sinners, kings, queens and paupers, and doctors and virgins of the Church . . . and our own ancestors. It is the equal of the Eastern and Orthodox Divine Liturgy, as they so recognize. The Shrine is the most appropriate church in the United States for this Mass, being not a diocesan church but our national church. It is furthermore the church of our bishops; any of whom may say Mass here without permission, the schedule permitting. It is moreover the church of all American Catholics, who built this majestic edifice over decades and have a right to this enactment of the essence of the deposit of our Catholic faith in the lex orandi-lex credendi of our Catholic heritage.
There it is.
I say: True pastors would be reaching out to people who are in pain.