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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Ms. Yesenia Rodriguez

January 29, 2019
Ms. Yesenia Rodriguez, a junior high teacher at St. Procopius School (Chicago), has been suspended upon receipt of allegations of child sexual abuse involving at least one former St. Procopius School student. We were informed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) that Ms. Rodriguez has been arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and battery. DCFS is investigating the matter. Ms. Rodriguez, who has taught at St. Procopius School since 2014, will remain away from the school until this matter is resolved. We are cooperating with civil authorities.
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Father John P. Smyth January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I write to share some difficult news. I have asked Father John P. Smyth, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago to step aside from ministry following receipt by the Archdiocesan Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review of allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Father Patrick Lee

January 12, 2019
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has asked Father Patrick Lee, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish (Chicago), to step aside from ministry following receipt this week by the Archdiocese of Chicago of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in 1979 while Fr. Lee was assigned to St. Christopher Parish in Midlothian.
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on the Attorney General of Illinois Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse

December 19, 2018
The archdiocese has reviewed the preliminary report of the Illinois Attorney General’s investigation of the Catholic dioceses of Illinois’ handling of clergy sexual abuse cases. The nature of the report makes it difficult to discern which generalized findings apply to the Archdiocese of Chicago. However here are a few comments we can make:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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