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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on the Appearance of Minister Louis Farrakhan at St. Sabina Church

May 10, 2019
Without consulting me, Fr. Michael Pfleger invited Minister Louis Farrakhan to speak at St. Sabina Church in response to Facebook’s decision to ban him from its platforms. Minister Farrakhan could have taken the opportunity to deliver a unifying message of God’s love for all his children. Instead, he repeatedly smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander. He suggested that “Talmudic thought” sanctioned pedophilia and misogyny. He referred to Jewish people as “satanic,” asserting that he was sent by God to separate the “good Jews” from the “satanic Jews.”
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on the Appearance of Minister Louis Farrakhan at St. Sabina Parish

May 9, 2019
The event involving Minister Louis Farrakhan at St. Sabina Parish is not sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Cardinal Cupich was not consulted before Fr. Pfleger announced the event.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Tragedy at Chabad of Poway

April 27, 2019
For the second time in a week we received news of an act of senseless violence against people at prayer. This time, the victims were our Jewish brothers and sisters, gathered to mark the deliverance of their people from bondage.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the bombings in Sri Lanka

April 21, 2019
With profound sorrow, we offer our prayers to the Christian community of Sri Lanka, and all those devastated by today’s horrific acts of violence, killings carried out while Christians offered their own prayers of gratitude on this great feast of hope, Easter Sunday.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire

April 15, 2019
Please join me in praying for the people of Paris, the parishioners of Notre-Dame, the Catholics of the city, their archbishop, and all French people, as we watch this terrible tragedy unfold.
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Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on Father Gary Graf

April 6, 2019
Dear Parishioners of San José Luis Sánchez del Río, Last August, I informed you of the accusation against your pastor, Fr. Gary Graf, and that, in keeping with our procedures, he was asked to step aside from his pastoral duties until a thorough investigation and process could be completed. He has fully cooperated with civil authorities and the Archdiocese of Chicago during these months, even letting you know that you should have confidence in the procedures the archdiocese has in place as part of our safe environment efforts.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Vatican City State’s New Child Protection Policies

March 29, 2019
I welcome the release today of three important documents by which Pope Francis makes clear that everyone in the Church has a “duty to report abuses (of minors and vulnerable adults) to competent authorities and to cooperate with them in the activities of prevention and response.” This is so, the Holy Father remarks, because “the protection of minors and vulnerable persons is an integral part of the Gospel message that the Church and all her members are called to spread throughout the world.”
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Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, to the People of the Archdiocese of Chicago on the House Bill 2495/Senate Bill 1942 and House Bill 2467/Senate Bill 1594

March 23, 2019
With this letter I write to you about a development that should disturb us greatly, both as citizens and as disciples of Jesus, the Lord of life. Recently, two bills have been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate. The first, House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942, both identical pieces of legislation, seeks to strip unborn persons of any protection – or even consideration – under the law and declare abortion to be a “fundamental right” and matter of health care. The end result is that an abortion could be obtained at any stage of pregnancy, including late term, for any reason and without any regulation.
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Inadvertent Data Disclosure

March 23, 2019
On March 19, 2019, senior leadership of the Archdiocese of Chicago were informed that on March 14, 2019 an email containing a spreadsheet listing all current and a substantial number of former religious and lay employees’ and archdiocesan priests' names, birth dates, and Social Security Numbers was inadvertently sent to parish business administrators.
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on the List of Accused Priests Released Today by Anderson & Associates

March 20, 2019
Today Anderson & Associates released the names of clerics and laypeople they say have been accused of the sexual abuse of minors and have served in one or more of the six Illinois dioceses. The Archdiocese of Chicago reports all allegations we receive to the civil authorities. In addition to the priests listed on the Archdiocese’s website, we have identified 22 priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Anderson & Associates’ list.
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