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Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Fr. Christopher Ciomek

April 12, 2021
Dear Saint Peter Damian Parish Family, It is with great difficulty that I write to share news about your pastor, Father Christopher Ciomek. In keeping with our child protection policies, I have asked Father Ciomek to step aside from ministry following receipt by the Archdiocese of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor approximately 30 years ago. Allegations are claims that have not been proven as true or false. Therefore, guilt or innocence should not be assumed.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Atlanta-area shootings

March 18, 2021
To our brothers and sisters in the Asian-American community, please know the Archdiocese of Chicago and the whole church stand with you in this moment of grief and horror. We pray for the victims of the Atlanta shootings and their loved ones.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Same Sex Unions

March 15, 2021
Today’s response, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, offers nothing new on the Church's teaching on the Sacrament of Matrimony.
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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago on the Investigation of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors against Fr. Michael Pfleger

February 24, 2021
The Archdiocese of Chicago’s policies and protocols for dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy have been developed and refined over 30 years. They have served as the framework for national and global policies and aim to address the crime and sin of abuse that has caused enormous pain to victims and their families. They are focused on providing those who come forward with the compassionate pastoral care and respect they deserve. Every allegation of child sexual abuse is treated seriously, regardless of when it occurred as a first step toward repairing the damage done to the children they once were.
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Reflection of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Milestone of 500,000 U.S. COVID-19 Deaths

February 22, 2021
Those who keep such statistics have confirmed the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 500,000. The true number is surely higher, making all of this too difficult to comprehend. We would do better imagining those lost as individual human beings, a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a daughter, a son, each connected to many others who suffer the heartache of their passing. How can we help those left behind cope with their grief? How can we transform our own dismay and fear into action?
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris

January 20, 2021
The Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Chicago joins our prayers with those of Pope Francis for the new President and First Lady, Vice President and Second Gentleman, and we extend our warmest wishes as they assume their new service to the nation.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Execution of Lisa Montgomery

January 13, 2021
Early this morning, the federal government executed Lisa Montgomery, 52, who was convicted in 2007 of the heinous crime of strangling a mother to death and cutting out the baby she had been carrying. The child survived and is being raised by her father. Before the execution, a judge deemed Lisa Montgomery likely mentally ill and unable to understand the punishment she would receive. Last night, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the path for the government to execute her.
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Statement of the Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Blase J. Cupich, the Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Michael G. McGovern, the Bishops of the Diocese of Peoria, Daniel R. Jenky and Louis Tylka and the Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Thomas J. Paprocki on the Recent Comments of U.S. Representative Mary Miller

Jan. 8, 2021
We appreciate that Congresswoman Mary Miller has apologized for any harm her words caused by using a reference to one of the most evil dictators in history. As the events of the past days have reminded us, words matter. Words from elected officials matter more.
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Today’s Attack on Democracy at the U.S. Capitol

Jan. 6, 2021
What has been unfolding at the Capitol today should shock the conscience of any patriotic American and any faithful Catholic. The eyes of the world look on in horror as we suffer this national disgrace. For many months we have witnessed the deliberate erosion of the norms of our system of government. Peaceful protest is a sacred right. It has been an essential component of much social progress over the course of human history. But violence is its
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Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Father Michael Pfleger

Jan. 5, 2021
Dear members of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina and the Saint Sabina Academy Community, I write to share some difficult news about your senior pastor, Father Michael Pfleger. In keeping with our child protection policies, I have asked Father Pfleger to step aside from ministry following receipt by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor more than 40 years ago. Allegations are claims that have not been proven as true or false. Therefore, guilt or innocence should not be assumed.
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