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Synodality: Jointly Responsible
By Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago
Meeting of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences on Safeguarding of Minors

February 22, 2019
Introduction: From Collegiality to Synodality From what we just heard from Cardinal Gracias, we are to understand our gathering in these days as an exercise in collegiality. We are here, as the universal episcopate in affective and substantive union with the successor of Peter, to discern through spirited dialogue where our ministry as successors of the apostles calls us to confront effectively the scandal of clergy sexual abuse that has wounded so many little ones.

Remarks of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich at the City Club of Chicago on “The Chicago Story: Our History on the Abuse Crisis and Role in Shaping the Future.”

November 27, 2018
Good morning – it is good to be with you once again. In August, just a few days after I issued a letter in response to the devastating revelations of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, Jay Doherty invited me to speak to the City Club on the abuse crisis, and I gladly accepted. I began that letter to the people of the archdiocese with the only words I could summon to capture the anguish of the moment: anger, grief, shock.

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Mercy Hospital Shooting

November 20, 2018
Once again violence has struck our country. This time close to home at a place founded in 1852 to provide care for Chicago’s sick and dying.

Comments of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Proposals to be Considered at the USCCB Meeting

November 12, 2018
Today the president of our conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, informed the body of bishops that the Holy See has decided that, while we should proceed with discussing our proposals related to child protection, we should postpone our final vote on them until after the February meeting of episcopal conferences in Rome, so that our decisions can be informed by listening to our brother bishops from around the world.

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Mass Murder in Thousand Oaks, California

November 9, 2018
Last week we stood with our Jewish brothers and sisters to remember those murdered and wounded at the Tree of Life Synagogue as they assembled for worship. Today we woke to news that 12 young people gathered in a night club and a brave Sheriff’s Sergeant who rushed in to save them are dead in another shooting.

Remarks of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, at the Interreligious Prayer Service in Remembrance of the Victims at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh

November 1, 2018
Let me begin by expressing my deep sorrow to the Jewish community over the victims of the horrific act of violence at Tree of Life Synagogue last Saturday in Pittsburgh. Anger, grief and shock overcame me as I heard this terrible news. These Jews, elder brothers and sisters in faith to those of us who are Christian, were targeted as they gathered to praise the Almighty and celebrate new life.

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

October 28, 2018
We reach out through our grief and shock to our Jewish brothers and sisters and with them offer our prayers to the Almighty, the God of Abraham. We pray for healing of those caught in this madness as they gathered in their sanctuary to honor the Sabbath and rejoice at the naming of an infant.

Intervention by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, at the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops – Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

October 10, 2018
Holy Father, my brother bishops and friends all, As the Instrumentum Laboris in chapter 4 of part 2 takes up the topic of the kind of mentors needed for the Art of Accompanying, we read in number 132 that “for young people, it is particularly important that mentors recognize their own humanity and fallibility.” We should pause a moment, and with the help of the Word of God given to us this week, consider what this means for us as bishops and those who serve as mentors in the art of accompanying. I would like to suggest that the parable of the Good Samaritan as interpreted by the Fathers of the Church has much to offer us.

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Open Letter of Cardinal Marc Ouellet

October 8, 2018
In a statement released by the Vatican Press Office on Saturday, October 6, Pope Francis pledged a thorough study of the documentation present in the Archives of the Holy See regarding the former Cardinal, now Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The Holy Father took the occasion to renew his commitment to address the scourge of abuse within the Church, and to do everything possible to prevent it. In the Vatican declaration, the pope also stated that the Church will not tolerate any cover-ups or accept a different standard for bishops who abuse or cover up, calling this behavior “a form of clericalism that is no longer acceptable.”

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on Jason Van Dyke Trial

October 5, 2018
Choosing Peace The verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial will be viewed through the lens each person brings, yet some have speculated that any verdict will produce an explosive reaction. This would be a repudiation of Laquan McDonald’s family’s plea for nonviolence.
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