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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Death of James A. Serritella

April 26, 2021

It is with great sadness that I write of the death of James A. Serritella, who served the archdiocese and the Church for 50 years as legal counsel. Jim worked with four Cardinals over the years, helping navigate the archdiocese through many changes and challenges. Working with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, he was an architect of our pioneering 1992 policies for dealing with clergy sexual abuse of children. These became the basis of the policies adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 10 years later. Jim’s keen focus on compassionate care of survivors and their families was a cornerstone of the archdiocese’s response to this crisis. His hand can be seen in the structure of our Office for the Protection of Children and Youth and its healing and preventive activities.

As the attached obituary details, Jim’s long career was marked with numerous accomplishments and awards, including many from our Church. Please join me in praying for the repose of Jim’s soul and for the peace of his family, particularly his son, Anthony and his sister Camille Vena.

Eternal rest grant unto Jim, O Lord, and may your perpetual light shine upon him.