The Proclamations of Cardinal Cupich: Preservation is Bad, Dialogue is good

In praise of innovation and dialogue, 2017:

“We are not a Church of preservation, but rather a Church of proclamation.”

So sayeth Cardinal Cupich in 2017 when he gave the Murnion Lecture at the Chicago Theological Union, titled “Dialogue in the Key of Pope Francis.”

Right out the gate, Cupich praised Cardinal Bernadin.  He also declared in the context of expelling a revolution afoot in the Church, that “we are not a Church of preservation, but rather a Church of proclamation.”

From there, a good portion of the lecture is all about building bridges and dialoguing. Talking.

I wonder how much dialogue Cardinal Cupich had [in 2018] with the parishioners of St. John Cantius.

Which is the Chicago parish which lost its pastor a few months back because of accusations later thrown out of the court to which the cardinal had sent them.

More here of that which in the writer’s view deserves more dialogue — via The Bellarmine Forum


Later, from longtime St. Jn Cantius parishioner Dorothy Amorella:

Thanks, Jim, for your thoughts on this. Cupich has shown no regard for Fr. Phillips parishioners. He has given us no consideration or consolation or “dialogue”. He (who has lived here a very short time) has changed forever a community that came together and saved a parish and with the help of many faithful families and dedicated priests grew it to international status.

Pope Benedict and Cardinal George gave us the path to follow. Many sacrifices were made with contributions of time, talent and money. Cupich made his decision and we who have been here and have grown in our faith and raised our children to be faithful are ignored.

Why does he use his authority to remove our spiritual leader?What is he actually “proclaiming”? Our parish is a success story because Fr. Phillips taught us how to “preserve” the faith. The bishop has the divine instruction to preserve the faith, not to deny the faithful of their heritage.


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  • Margaret  On 09/05/2018 at 8:37 AM

    Yes, quite the question about how he destroyed the reputation of Fr. Phillips & demoralized his parish & order.

    Is there enough prayer & fasting to drive these demons out or do we have to March with our pitchforks?


    • Jim Bowman  On 09/05/2018 at 2:45 PM

      Like most of us, I have never tried either. At least let us keep the faith. (While making a stink of course, each in his or her own way, as reasonably as possible.)


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