FT: Like every dad who tries to be cool, Blase Cardinal Cupich does not quite succeed

Blase Cupich wants Catholics to grow up. Cardinal archbishop of a city famous for the husky, brawling laughter of youth, he preaches the virtues of “mature, well-integrated adult spirituality.” Witness to a man who said “Let the little children come unto me,” he endeavors “to renew the life of the Church by getting people to act like adults.”

No matter what problem Cupich encounters, his solution is to tell people to be more mature. How can we fix immigration? “We all have to act like adults.” What about ending abortion? It must be done “in a constructive way and as adults who respect each other.” And what was Amoris Laetitia about, anyway? Ah, yes: “moving out of an adolescent spirituality into an adult spirituality.”

Common to all these remarks is a refusal of responsibility. Some people have a quaint idea that a bishop should say what is right and wrong, in season and out, but Cupich has evolved beyond this. Cupich wants to liberate Catholic consciences from clerical control. “If people come to a decision in good conscience,” he says, “our job is to help them move forward and to respect that.” If you’re okay, so is he.
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  1. An ugly, unnecessary, and uncharitable hit piece.

    1. The article in its entirety.

      Specifically the paragraph that speaks of Catholics not weeping over his death. Would you run such an article if it were about a Bishop in Wisconsin; +Morlino, for instance?

      The quoted section would indicate that Cupich is only luke-warm on being pro-life/anti-abortion, which as a parishioner in the Archdiocese of Chicago I can tell you is false. He has been the headliner at annual Chicago Pro-Life rally downtown in January since coming to town. He lambasted the (GOP) Governor for signing perhaps the most pro-abortion legislation in any state in the past 40 years: tax-payer funded abortion guarnteed now in the State of Illinois and Cupich held no punches over that.

      It's one thing if you don't like the tactics or pastoral methods of a bishop it's another to raise those concerns in what I call an ugly, unnecessary, and uncharitable hit piece.

      And of course there's the irony... the entire article is something akin to a screed a high schooler might write and so I think the author above all should heed Cupich's message of maturing just a little bit.

  2. Cupich is a wolf with a collar...


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