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Some background on the dismaying appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich to the Archdiocese of Chicago September 22, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return.

So by now many readers will have heard that Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, WA, has been named by Pope Francis to replace the somewhat orthodox Cardinal Francis George as Archbishop of Chicago.  Since this is such an important see, it is virtually assured Cupich will get a red hat before too long.

Who is Blase Cupich?  He is one of the most reliably, and extremely, progressive members of the American episcopate.  He is also extremely close to the current papal nuncio, Archbishop Vigano, a confirmed anti-Ratzingerian.  I was looking through old posts wherein I might have spoken of Cupich, and found two, both of which had some very revealing insights.  In the first, dating from 2011, we see Bishop Cupich banning Adoration throughout the Diocese of Spokane and implementing a complete and total ban on priests in the Diocese from taking part in public pro-life activities:

Bishop Cupich has informed all of his priests and seminarians that they cannot:
– pray outside of Planned Parenthood
– promote or organize peaceful protest outside Planned Parenthood in their parishes (naming 40 Days for Life specifically)
– or allow pro-life material to be distributed in their parishes unless it is published by the Washington State Conference of Catholic Bishops or the USCCB–who, ironically, support 40 DFL.

Eponymous Flower reports that this Bishop Cupich also discontinued Eucharistic Adoration on a Diocese-wide basis at some point in the past

Then I found this editorial I posted by Patrick Buchanan from last year, which turned out to be amazingly prescient and insightful.  Get all this:

“Pope Francis doesn’t want cultural warriors; he doesn’t want ideologues,” said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.

“The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep.” [Is it a smell, or a stench?]

Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader……[of the USelessCCB]

…Yet here is further confirmation His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West.

There is a small problem with neutrality. As Trotsky observed, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”

If you couple the above with the below, from an unnamed priest-insider to Vatican politics, you can see the whole picture start to come together:

Cupich’s promotion to this particularly important position, that usually entails the elevation to the cardinalatial red, was a personal decision of Pope Francis himself. More precisely, the Pope imposed his candidate on Cardinal Ouellet and the Congregation for Bishops, under the desperate suggestion of the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò. We know well that those men who are particularly authoritarian, such as Francis, also are, in many cases, easily manipulated by those who learn how to read them. Moreover, it is enough to waggle before the eyes of the Pope the scarecrow called Cardinal Burke to lead him in one direction or another, because he has kept against the Prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura an extremely strong rancor after the 2013 conclave, in which the American Cardinal was one of those who tried to thwart his path to the pontificate.

There is more somewhat cryptic and difficult to follow inside baseball at Rorate.  But I did find it fascinating that Cupich was stressing his relationship with the nuncio last year, when trying to influence the selection of the next head of the USCCB, and now, according to this inside source, he has been rewarded with an immensely visible see (and almost certainly a cardinal’s hat) for his efforts (I am certain there is much more to it than that, but it’s interesting to see the relationship).

Some other data points from his time in Spokane:

  • Opposes Mass Ad Orientem
  • Is a huge liturgical liberal – he is in favor of all the Novus Ordo “reforms” and desires more that has not been implemented.
  • Holds the laughably literal view of “active participation” to mean lay people running around the sanctuary during Mass
  • gave a highly conflicted exhortation when the state of Washington voted to destroy marriage
  • Had his local Catholic Charities sign people up for Obamacare, which of course means helping at least some obtain contraception and abortion
  • On the plus side, he has made occasional pro-life statements.  So, yay.

This guy is clearly in the mode of the Bernadin boys and, as I said, almost eye-wateringly left wing. As for his “smelling of the sheep,” like the vast majority of bishops, he spent less than three years actually serving in a parish.  They are all groomed from an early age.

Someone said to me on Saturday – the beatings are commencing, and they will not let up for a long time.  They are going to get more and more severe. I agree.  I will say, more and more do I lament that unthinking, erroneous, un-traditional ultramontanism that causes the Church to swing wildly from one pontificate to the next.  This is no way to run an eternal Church, founded by Christ – heck, it wouldn’t be a way to run a Jack in the Box, or anything else.

But enjoy your beating, all the same. Seriously, we must not let this get to us, make us angry (which is why I try to keep some wry humor at all times), or take our peace away. If it does any of the above, it is vital to pull back and just focus on our own sanctity.  Don’t let the pope or anyone else ruin your day, or, God forbid, sin!  I know it’s hard and we feel heart-broken and angry, but at this point I think we know what we’re dealing with and it may be best just to go into a shell and ignore all this stuff – if it is really bothering you.  However, to offer up these sufferings for the good of the Church and our souls would be a glorious response, which I strongly encourage.



1. RC - September 22, 2014

Well, undoing everything Benedict started has been expedited.

If you want an even bigger fright Tantam..have a look on Rorate for who is rumored (most likely) the new head of the CDW…truly frightening/depressing if accurate

Tantumblogo - September 22, 2014

Yes, Bugnini himself. Or it may as well be.

Goodbye Ecclesia Dei? I am serious. Forget Summorum Pontificum. I am not certain even Ecclesia Dei will be allowed to stand.

I guess that is just useless speculation. But it does trouble me, increasingly.

RC - September 22, 2014

I hope it’s only speculation. What do you think if Ecclesia Dei/Summorum was “outlawed”? The way things have been moving, it wouldn’t be a huge suprise. Been upset these past couple of weeks, seems like everything is falling apart

Pseudodionysius - September 22, 2014

If true, then Marini would be shepherding everyone into Dante’s Disco Inferno: The Tale of the Bell Bottom

Baseballmom - September 23, 2014

It was a dear priest friend who consoled me with the reminder that “it was the religious leaders who crucified Jesus, and they are doing it again.” The challenge for us is this: Will we stay at the foot of His Cross or flee?

2. Pseudodionysius - September 22, 2014

“Some people don’t GET +Cupic. What’s not to get? Old Liberal Bishops do Liberal things. They obscure the true nature of the abuse-hoax while writing for faux-Catholic magazines like America. They persecute conservative priests. They build ugly churches and promote ugly art and music. They engage in Liturgical abuses and favor Communion in the hand”


That’s about the best one paragraph summation of liberal bishops I’ve read anywhere.

3. RC - September 22, 2014

I could 100% see Francis undoing Summorum btw, under the false guise of it being too “divisive” for the Church

4. John from Austin - September 22, 2014

I was checking out Relevant Radio this morning (Catholic establishment media) and they, being under this archdiocese, ate flipping and doing so hard I’m getting dizzy!
Like they still do with paope Francis, everything I’d fine! Nothing to see here.everything is just sagas

Pseudodionysius - September 22, 2014

New Sweathogs: just like the old Sweathogs. Welcome Back, Mistah Kotter.

Elizabeth - September 22, 2014

I turned off Relevant Radio permanently several years ago. They’re hopeless Novus Ordo, pseudo-conservative Catholics, all of ’em.

LaGallina - September 22, 2014

Me too. But I turned it off just last year. I thought they were so orthodox and trusted them completely. Until the German bishops said that the morning after pill was fine for rape victims. And Relevant Radio said, “Well, I’m kind of confused about this, but if the German bishops say it’s okay, I guess it’s okay.”

Then Francis was elected, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. The “conservative” Catholic voice confused me more than the lefties. I turned off R.R. one day, and haven’t had the least desire to listen to it since.

Exact same thing with the National Catholic Register. They supported the German bishops on the rape issue, and even tried to make a case that the morning after pill was “just” birth control and not abortion. (With no mention that contraception was a mortal sin!) I completely gave up on all of the “conservative” Catholic bloggers, publications, apologists, and celebrities. I am much less confused now!!

Woody - September 23, 2014

The Nat’l Catholic Register is now published by EWTN. Since they acquired it, it lost its orthodox bent.

5. Evan C - September 22, 2014

“Seriously, we must not let this get to us, make us angry (which is why I try to keep some wry humor at all times), or take our peace away. If it does any of the above, it is vital to pull back and just focus on our own sanctity. Don’t let the pope or anyone else ruin your day, or, God forbid, sin!”

Very good advice; I think this is really the right thing to focus on, at least for me.

TLM - September 23, 2014

Easy to say……………very hard to do. This is MY DIOCESE!!!! I’m on the outskirts of Chicago, and this will affect me DIRECTLY, realizing that the entire Country will be affected eventually. I AM TOTALLY HEARTSICK……and have to fight off the feelings of anger and heartbreak. I am going to hide myself within the wounds of Jesus and under the Mantle of my Blessed Mother and STAY THERE.

Coincidentally, the Blessed Mother said just a few weeks ago in Medj. that Satan was trying to ruin her plan and take away our peace. He is doing a good job but she will prevail in the end and crush his head. Pray for us in Chicago, we are under a major attack. I am clinging to my Rosary…..HE CANNOT take THAT away!!

6. Andrew Russo - September 22, 2014

I would like to annul Bergoglio

Baseballmom - September 23, 2014

Why did Pope Benedict abdicate? It is all seeming so strange at this point….

7. Codgitator (Cadgertator) - September 22, 2014

Don’t know if you’ve seen this, but Cupich is a walking Aggiornamentobot, and with his appointment the Americanist neurolinguistic reprogamming campaign has now officially been implemented.

“I think it means that we don’t have all the answers to the vexing problems and challenges that we face. But that should not paralyze us from trying to move forward because it’s in the very unknown that we really do encounter Christ, who is different.

“We have the beautiful passage today from scripture that ‘our ways are not God’s ways.’ Well, sometimes we’re hesitant to move forward into the unknown because we don’t have control of the situation — when, in fact, it really is an invitation to respect the fact that the unknowable God is working in our lives and calling us into a future that we’re not creating, but that he’s creating for us.

“But the way we do that is doing it together. We can’t force things on people just because you have an idea it should go this way. …

“You cannot base your decisions on a past era where things were different. I think that’s where we’re going to get in trouble.

“If we really don’t do a calculation of what the situation is from the present circumstances, we’re going to get caught up in either an ideology about things or maybe an illusion about the way things should be because of the past. I think the pope has been very clear. One of the lines that he uses, he says, ‘Realities are greater than ideas.’

“I think that he’s asking us — this is one of things I brought up in my talk in the response to Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga at that conference that we had in Washington last June. I think the pope is giving us a new epistemology, a new way of learning, of knowing — another way in which we’re informed.

“We can really get caught up in living in our own little bubble of an idea or an illusion of things the way they have been in the past.”


Pseudodionysius - September 22, 2014

“New, new, new, (insert buzzword), new, new, new way, ‘nother way, new epistemology, new rainbow vestments, new approach looks like the old approach. Wait! What was the sound of that bang? Who put that flag up? I thought ISIS was a Saturday morning cartoon?”

8. Adoration Rocks (@AdorationRocks) - September 22, 2014

Didn’t like hearing about Eucharistic adoration being cancelled (plus we are from the Chicago area; lots of chapels). But I looked under Spokane on the Adoration Chapel Locator, and they still have some ten chapels listed, not perpetual, but adoration IS available. Prayers…………… http://adorationrocks.com

9. Pseudodionysius - September 22, 2014

All I can say is this past week has convinced me to finally order Who Are You O Immaculata? by Father Karl Stehlin, translated from the original German. I’d suggest others may want to do the same.

10. Steve - September 22, 2014

During August/September 2011 A.D., Bishop Blase Cupich penned a three-part series entitled “The New Roman Missal — A Time of Renewal”.

The above is available on the Internet as well as the Spokane Diocese Web site.

Bishop Cupich informed us that prior to the Novus Ordo liturgical reform (revolution), the Faithful were passive, silent spectators during Mass.

The Latin Mass was/is “incomprehensible” to the Faithful.

Incredibly, Bishop Cupich insisted that prior to the Novus Ordo liturgical revolution, the Eucharist was not central to the liturgical and spiritual lives of the (Latin Church) Faithful.

Bishop Cupich insisted that prior to the Novus Ordo liturgical revolution, physical barriers (such as altar rails) prevented the Faithful from having gathered around the altar…a bad thing, according to Bishop Cupich.

Bishop Cupich praised the Novus Ordo Era church designs (wreckovation) as that allowed the Faithful access to the altar.

Wreckovation enhances the Faithful’s liturgical/spiritual experiences.

Bishop Cupich insisted that despite “bumps” here in there in the Novus Ordo liturgical reform, said reform (revolution) has been a tremendous success.

Please read Bishop Cupich’s three-part article, “The New Roman Missal — A Time of Renewal.”

11. Steve - September 22, 2014

Bishop Blase Cupich is pretty much a typical Latin Church bishop.

He has exhibited tremendous support for the Novus Ordo liturgical revolution. The same applies to ecumenical/interreligious “dialogue”.

He has portrayed the days when the Traditional Roman Mass was in place throughout the Latin Church as dreadful in regard to liturgy and spirituality.

He has adhered to the party line in regard to the preposterous claim that the Novus Ordo liturgical revolution blessed the Church with a new liturgical/spiritual springtime.

He is not interested in the restoration of Holy Tradition throughout the Latin Church.

I believe that wherever he should reign as bishop…Archbishop…Cardinal, the collapse of the Latin Church will continue.

Again, he is pretty much the norm as far as our Churchmen are concered.

I don’t question his holiness. I will not hesitate to acknowledged that he is holier than yours truly.

I simply wish to explore Bishop Cupich’s liturgical outlook.

I believe that only the restoration of the Traditional Roman Mass throughout the Latin Church will end the (Latin) Church’s crisis of faith.


12. Marc - September 23, 2014

Reblogged this on Marc's View on Stuff and commented:
“Thank you, sir. May I have another?!”


“Thank you, sir. May I have another?!”


“Thank you, sir. May I have another?!”


13. Baseballmom - September 23, 2014

When I read this news on Saturday my heart broke…. How long oh Lord, how long???? This appointment confirms every terrible thing I did not want to believe about this pope…. The only “good” news is that this man is clearly a sign that SOMETHING must happen in the Church soon… I don’t know what, but with things heading south soooo quickly it is obvious that Our Blessed Lord will act soon… And the sooner, the better.

TLM - September 23, 2014

Indeed Baseballmom…….the SOONER THE BETTER! In the meantime if we could offer up our anxieties and heartaches to the cross of Jesus, it would be so redemptive…..I will get there, but it always takes me a while, the initial punch to the gut has not yet worn off. 🙂

Baseballmom - September 23, 2014

You are so right TLM. I posted a response to # 1 at the top of the comments which gives hope and consolation…. Hope it helps you too. Praise be to God that we have one another, it sure would be awful to go this alone….

14. Dismas - September 23, 2014

Chicagolandians, “I feel your pain,” as Clinton might say, so this posting is not done without taking you into consideration.

Go back and look at a lot of these comments! They are great. People are stirring from their slumber and even becoming uncomfortable on that little island of Catholicism that Summorum Pontificum temporarily provided. How many of these good folks are going to just shrug and walk back into the Nervous Order?

Folks, this stuff is great. Much like the black mess in OKC it stirs the Church Militant. Bring it on! Show yourselves, apostate churchmen. And then, you faithful Catholics, make your choices.

The whole concept of “obedience” is quite likely to be perceived quite differently in the near future.

15. TG - September 23, 2014

I started reading “Windswept House” again – slowly this time. (I read it fast last time.) All that is happening in the church makes sense. What is happening now was the goal of the modernists from way back even before Pope Pius XII. The late Father Martin had such an insight into these people and seems like a prophet now. Today is Padre Pio’s feast day. Let’s pray for his intercession. (I follow both calendars. I don’t like it that the new calendar removed some of the saints .)

16. Dismas - September 23, 2014

Read that years ago. Have always thought that there is a good chance that what is recounted is reality.

17. RemnantoftheFaith - September 24, 2014

And the demolition of the True Faith continues.

This is Bernadin resurrected.

I can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen to St. John Cantius in Chicago.

If my suspicions are correct, we are witnessing the beginning of the abolition of the continual sacrifice in Daniel. Think about the persecution of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass these past 50 years.

Just a thought.

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