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The real scoop on Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago February 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
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A while back, I got the impression that commenter Steve (where have you gone? I did not intend to run you off entirely, I was just asking that you dial back your comments from 11 to, say, 5) thought I was being too harsh in some of my judgments regarding Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago.  I have known and read about Bishop Cupich ever since this blog started, and what I have learned has been almost universally negative.  He took some quite heavy handed actions against the traditional practice of the Faith and pious works like priests praying outside mills while in Rapid City, SD, and continued similarly in Spokane.  I knew he was the most outspoken “peasnjustus” bishop at the USCCB in some time.  And I knew a number of other things.

But Carl Olson at Catholic World Report has examined Bishop Cupich’s record, especially in Spokane, in some depth, and has come to the conclusion that the smiling, happy, liberal, “smell of the sheep” Cupich has been given since his promotion is not especially supported by actual facts.  In the report, Cupich comes across as much more insular, heavy handed, aloof, and possessed of questionable judgment, than promoters like John Allen have revealed.

It’s a good article, I recommend you read the whole thing, I provide some excerpts below. One of the main revelations made is that the Katholyc’s description of a “Francis bishop” as a simple man of the people is not the case.  If Cupich is any indicator, a “Francis bishop” appears much more to be a Church-climbing technocrat insider, devoid of a true pastoral sense and much more at home with a room full of lawyers and accountants than souls needing guidance.

I start with quotes regarding Cupich’s strange lawsuit against the Catholic law firm that had represented the Diocese of Spokane for years in sex abuse cases, suing the law firm for millions, and its subsequent settlement in the law firm’s favor shortly after Cupich’s departure.  Pretty scandalous stuff, really, and in the inexplicable conduct of the case, so typically progressive (I add emphasis and comments):

…….”Recent interviews,” the piece noted, “in Spokane with people on both sides of the issue, as well as court documents and legal experts, reveal how betrayed some felt by Cupich’s actions. [The lawyers involved – a very mom and pop organization – speak of feeling so scandalized they have very nearly lost their faith. They tried to contact Pope Francis over this apparent persecution, but received no response. Go ahead and score the easy layup, commenters] They also show how the bishop struggled to handle a painful crisis that threatened his diocese’s future.” There’s no doubt that Cupich, when he arrived in Spokane in 2010, faced serious challenges, and any bishop in that situation was going to be criticized, fairly or not. He decided, as the Tribune reports, to file “an explosive lawsuit against the law firm that handled the bankruptcy on behalf of the diocese and had helped establish the original $1 million victims’ fund.”……..

………If the lawsuit seemed “explosive” when filed in 2012, it appears curious and even confounding now that the Diocese has agreed to quietly settle the matter. On January 23rd, the Diocese issued a joint statement with Paine Hamblen that said, in part, that the “settlement does not constitute an admission of wrong doing by either side; rather, it is a resolution of differences in an amicable manner which allows the parties to move forward with the important work that each conducts in the service of the common good.” It also stated, “There will be no further press releases or public comment by either party or their attorneys.” That apparently resolves the legal part of the matter, but it doesn’t answer questions about the wisdom of pursing the lawsuit, about Cupich’s leadership and decision making, and what all of this means, directly or indirectly, for both the Diocese of Spokane and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

After all, if Cupich believed strongly enough in the lawsuit to pursue it despite going directly contrary to the pastoral approach and legal strategy of Skylstad, why settle the lawsuit now? Was it simply because he had moved on to greener pastures? If so, what does it suggest about his sense of pastoral responsibility? Was it because he and his new legal team in Spokane recognized, in the end, that they had little to stand on and risked embarrassment in court and bad press to follow? “On its face,” theNBCChicago.com report stated, “the settlement would appear to be a resounding vindication for the firm…” From what I know of the situation, that is an accurate assessment. [So at the very least, this very strange lawsuit (read the full story at the link) is indicative of questionable judgment and leadership, at best.]

……The overall sense, expressed in varying degrees of detail, is that Cupich’s time in Spokane was quite disappointing and frustrating, especially for those looking for vibrant, clear, and accessible leadership. Those familiar with Cupich’s schedule and activities say that he was often out of the diocese for long periods of time, even more so than the amount of time Skylstad traveled while president of the USCCB. When Cupich was in the diocese, he was not readily available, rarely meeting with diocesan priests, especially not on an individual basis, although he apparently met often with certain, older Jesuit priests at Gonzaga……. [Except for the very last bit, wow does this tale sound familiar.  Sounds rather exactly like our own Bishop Farrell here in Dallas, unless he’s changed a whole bunch in the past year or two]

…….The seminary situation is noteworthy, since prior to Cupich’s arrival, it was thriving, with over two dozen seminarians. Following the removal in 2011 of Fr. Darrin Connall, co-director of vocations and rector of the seminary since 2000, the number of seminarians has fallen to less than a half dozen.[So, go figure – progressive bishop comes to town and in 3 1/2 years wrecks 20 years of work and destroys the seminary. It is so much easier to destroy than to build]  In addition, Kries notes that Cupich “had no interest in involving himself” in “direction of Gonzaga’s core curriculum,” a statement confirmed by others with direct knowledge of the situation at the Jesuit school, which has, to put it simply, been shedding its Catholic identity with determined efficiency (as Kries describes)……..

…..”What I find to be very interesting in the Francis affect [sic] as people call it,” Cupich told O’Donnell, “is that people do have a sense that the church is listening to them, and also that he is speaking to their deepest desires.”  [No, those being listened to are the aggrieved, the disaffected, those lost in grave sins, etc.  The most faithful, devout, observant Catholics have been studiously ignored] Does that include listening to his predecessor or listening those who desire to pray quietly in front of abortion mills? While Skylstad had strongly endorsed the 40 Days for Life campaign of praying in front of abortion clinics (reportedly saying, in 2008: “I commend this effort and pray that abundant fruits flow from it”), Cupich discouraged priests and seminarians from participating and the diocesan newspaper stopped allowing 40 Days for Life to run advertisements. [I blogged on this matter, in fact, in 2011.  As so many progressives evince, Bishop Cupich pretended at the time that the matter was “too polarizing” to be discussed publicly, or involve public displays by priests, and should preferably be handled in private. He also said saves are rarely made outside mills, but, first, that’s wrong, babies are saved outside every single mill just about every single day, and often multiple times, and, second, what is the worth of one human life?  For a bishop to speak so cavalierly of human life……who could imagine?]

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Again, the full article is worth your time.  It examines in depth both the deliberate media construct of both Cupich as a “Francis bishop” and thus a “caring, closely involved man of the people,” and the reality regarding that construct.  Check it out.

Who is desecrating churches in France? February 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, damnable blasphemy, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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The Bishop of the Diocese of Bellay-Ars in France, Pascal Roland, has taken the unprecedented step of ordering all tabernacles in his diocese to be emptied (link is to Patheos), after repeated attacks and desecrations, including 5 separate blasphemous events which took place over the last 10 days. Copie-de-090215-319 This removal has been widely reported, but what I could not find, in English anyway, was just who is suspected (or found guilty of) perpetrating these hideous acts.  The fact that the media is so silent on the source of the attacks lead me to believe that they are being perpetrated by a group the media desperately wants to protect, and I can only surmise that means either radical atheists or radical muslims. Given other the scope and ferocity of other attacks ongoing in Europe, including the desecration of Jewish graves elsewhere in France and a muslim attack in Copenhagen, both of which took place this weekend, I tend to conclude that it is muslims perpetrating these heinous acts.

There was a rash of such desecrations in France last August, which were attributed to muslims.  Perhaps one of you has a source that IDs the attackers, but for now I’ll stay with my surmise, that this is part of a broader muslim campaign in France and around the world against Christians and those of any other faith:

In response to the desecration of ten parishes since October, including five on February 6-7, the bishop of Bellay-Ars has ordered the Blessed Sacrament removed from the tabernacles of all parish churches and chapels.

The Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Pascal Roland decreed, must be kept in a more secure location, and tabernacle doors must be kept open to indicate that the Eucharist is not present.

The particulars of the ban:


  • Blessed Sacrament will be removed [from] tabernacles of all parish churches and chapels and be kept in a secure location.
  • The door of the tabernacle [will] remain conspicuously open.
  • For the purposes of public or private prayer, the Blessed Sacrament will be [placed] temporarily in these tabernacles provided that a sufficient presence of the faithful is assured.
  • The only exceptions will [be] metal tabernacles [that are] secure and have a resistant lock.
  • These measures come into force from today [Monday February 9] and will remain so until further notice.
  • The bishop hopes that these exceptional measures manifest to all the seriousness of these facts and help discourage [such vandalism].

This certainly appears an unprecedented, or at least exceedingly rare, act to me.  I can’t recall reading of a bishop demanding all consecrated Hosts being placed in a “secure” location.  Americans might sensibly ask, first……..they still have tabernacles in France?  Secondly, we might wonder whether there would not be a better way to provide security for the Blessed Sacrament than sequestering Our Lord away in some lonely, hidden, strongbox location?  Would this not be a great time for pushing for perpetual Adoration, whether exposed or not?  If souls are too few and/or too cold, could not security be paid for?  What of the priests, could they not play a role?

But we have to remember, this is France in 2015.  The vast majority of parishes have no permanently assigned priest.  The vast majority of parishes have active congregations of a few dozen, and almost all are quite elderly.  Most parishes are too poor of funds to pay for security.  The Church in France, outside traditional communities, is all but dead.

So perhaps the bishop did the only thing he felt he could do.  I am somewhat agnostic on the act, though heart-broken the Church in France – the elderly spinster daughter of the Church, apparently – has fallen to this state.  It’s possible crazed secularists have been behind this, but they rarely have the commitment or organization for such broad-scale attacks. But then again, FEMEN.  Generally only a hostile religion fires souls with such bloodlust and hate that they would stoop to attacking another religion in this manner.  But I could be wrong.  It will be interesting to see if we ever find out the source of these attacks – I imagine the media will keep it a close secret, if they can.


Pray for the repose of the soul of Milt Kays February 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Ecumenism, family, Four Last Things, General Catholic, manhood, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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I make request of  your charity yet again, and ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Milt Kays, the father of a man who has been a friend of mine since I was 5 years old.  Perhaps some prayers could also be offered for his widow Nancy and sons Dan and Mike Kays and their families during this time of suffering and loss.

I have not seen Mr. Kays in nearly 20 years, since my friend’s wedding in 1995 or 6.  I’m quite certain that was the last time I saw him in person.  He had retired to Arizona but only last  year moved back to Texas to be near his sons and grandchildren.  He died suddenly and completely unexpectedly on Feb. 8, but I only just became aware.  He had fought the lingering effects of a childhood bout of polio his entire life, and had what is commonly called a bum leg. But I recall him always as a very kind and good man. He did not allow his quite visible disability either greatly limit his activity nor color his disposition. He died outside visible communion with the Church.

I would really appreciate your prayers on this one.  This is the person closest to me that’s passed away since Vicki Middleton in July 2012.  This passing reminds me also that my parents remain outside the Church.  That is so very concerning to me.