Rumors started after social media posts pointed to an announcement at a livestreamed Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libertyville, Illinois. CNA found that there was no directive from the Cardinal sent to all parishes in the archdiocese referring to the recitation of public prayers after Mass.
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“There is no denying it: this has been a season of senselessness in Chicago, with gun violence rising and mass shootings becoming a regular occurrence,” said the cardinal.
Cardinal Cupich Reportedly ‘Leaning Hard’ on Bioethics Center to Retract Stance on COVID Vaccine Exemptions
The center’s statement added that the novelty of the coronavirus and its vaccines “leave several medical questions unanswered,” which can impede free and informed consent for some persons.
Pope Francis is said to have also ordered an inspection of the Congregation for the Clergy ahead of the transition to its new leadership, Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik.
The United States and Russia, as the two countries controlling most of the world's nuclear weapons, Cardinal Cupich said, “have unique responsibilities in taking the lead to eliminate the nuclear threat."
Sources have told the Register that the two cardinals met with Cardinal Luis Ladaria shortly before the CDF sent a letter to the US bishops on pro-abortion politicians receiving the Eucharist.
While the tweets criticizing the USCCB’s Inauguration Day statement confirmed his preference for finding common ground with Catholic politicians like Joe Biden, they also revealed a willingness to openly confront his brother bishops.
In the statement that Cardinal Cupich said was “ill-considered,” Archbishop Gomez wrote that while there are numerous issues of concern to the bishops’ conference, abortion is the preeminent issue that cannot be ignored.
COMMENTARY: As the bishops work with a new administration, Archbishop José Gomez, not Cardinal Blase Cupich, is emerging as the authentic interpreter of Pope Francis in the U.S. on life, liberty and immigration.