Res ipsa loquitur…

…but it doesn’t hurt to add a few glosses!

Archbishop Cupich stresses serving flock’s everyday needs

To better serve the faithful, the Catholic Church must cut through the often “archaic and simply incomprehensible” language of the past and do more to meet people’s everyday needs, Archbishop Blase Cupich said at a luncheon Wednesday.

What’s archaic and incomprehensible to you, Kapo Cupich, is what’s known simply as Catholic tradition and orthodoxy.

Having recently returned from a meeting of bishops in Rome — an event where his comments about possibly creating a path for those divorced and remarried to receive Communion drew criticism from some conservative Catholics — Cupich reiterated the need for the church to be more open to new ideas. …

Don’t blink! “Open to new ideas” actually means willing to retread old heresies and errors.

“Our responsibility to teach is tethered and co-equal to our responsibility to learn so we can benefit from the wisdom of the people we serve,” Cupich said, speaking at DePaul University.

the church needs to get with the times

Here Cupich must be drawing upon the Gospel of St. Wut, chapter 10, verse 16: “Whomever you listen to listens to me, and whomever you teach rejects me.” In reality, though, the bishop’s chief duty is to teach, rule, and guide, and only secondarily to “listen”.

As an example, Cupich repeated a story he heard while in Italy about a a boy whose parents have “an irregular marriage.” Cupich later clarified that the couple had married outside the church.

The boy approached his priest to take his first communion, but the boy’s parents stayed behind in the pews, Cupich said.

After receiving communion, the boy returned to his seat and divided the wafer with his parents.

“I don’t think there was a person in the room who would have condemned this young boy for committing a sacrilege or in some way told him he did something gravely wrong,” Cupich said.

Bingo! There apparently wasn’t a prelate in the room who had the spine to state the obvious! Cupich must feel right at home.

Cupich said Pope Francis wants the church to be more inclusive, more “energetic . . . always on the move, not sitting on the sidelines or looking at the world from a glass castle.”

Nor dwelling as a city on a hill…. All hail the Church of ADHD, restless legs syndrome, and heretical Tourette’s.

Cupich described last month’s synod format as an often exciting exchange of ideas.

“People could get up and disagree with each other — lowly bishops against cardinals, even cardinals with the pope,” Cupich said. “It didn’t matter — everybody had a voice.”

Neat. Nice to see that Abp. Caiaphas (inadvertently) agrees with what Our Lady of Akita said in 1973:

The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.

Maybe he should stop imitating the noise maker in Rome and try some of that listening he holds so dear. Preferably in a monastery. Under a vow of silence.


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2 Responses to Res ipsa loquitur…

  1. Tamsin says:

    They’ve got their talking points, e.g. “archaic and simply incomprehensible” language of the past, that everyone is repeating. And they’ve got their anecdotes, e.g. “the boy returned to his seat and divided the wafer with his parents” that smuggles an innocent child into the middle of the question of adultery between consenting adults. They’re using the child like a human shield.

  2. Remember, As Metropolitan, Cupich (Thanks Great Helmsman, Franciscus)will noe have the final word on all annulment petitions – and Franciscus thinks 50% of all marriage ain’t marriages.

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