Cupich dismisses Viganò claims as a ‘rabbit hole’

Cupich dismisses Viganò claims as a ‘rabbit hole’

[Hat-tip to HowlinglyAbsurd]


Chicago, Ill., Aug 28, 2018 / 03:45 pm (CNA).- Archbishop of Chicago Blase Cupich has dismissed recent allegations made by a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., saying that Pope Francis has a “bigger agenda” to worry about, including defending migrants and protecting the environment.

Speaking Aug. 27 to Chicago’s NBC 5, Cupich said that the pope has “got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church.”

Cupich described the contents of Archbishop Carlos Maria Viganò’s 11-page testimony, published Aug. 25, as a “rabbit hole” that he does not think the Church should be going down.

Vigano’s testimony claimed that Pope Francis had removed restrictions on Archbishop Theodore McCarrick that had been imposed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It also stated that McCarrick was instrumental in Cupich’s appointment as Archbishop of Chicago in 2014.

McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals in July of this year, following a series of public allegations against him concerning the sexual abuse of minors, seminarians, and priests. The dioceses of Newark and Metuchen subsequently confirmed they had previously reached two out-of-court-settlements with adult accusers.

Cupich dismissed the claims of McCarrick’s influence in his appointment, telling NBC 5 that “It’s not as though I just fell out of the sky.”

Cupich was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November 2016. He was ordained a bishop in 1998. Prior to becoming the Archbishop of Chicago, Cupich led the Rapid City and Spokane dioceses.

The cardinal also defended Pope Francis’ record on combating sexual abuse, saying that “the record shows, whenever there’s actionable information, Pope Francis acts.”

Cupich also implied that racism was a motivating factor behind the release of Viganò’s letter and the ensuing criticism of the pope.

“Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he’s a Latino,” said Cupich. Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to parents of Italian descent.

Last week, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said that the Catholic Church “has a moral obligation to provide its parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois.” Each of the state’s six bishops agreed to assist with this report.

During the Monday interview, Cupich noted that child sexual abuse is not a problem limited to the Catholic Church, and that the state should be investigating other organizations as well.

“It’s not just about the Catholic Church. Let’s look at all the agencies and institutions that deal with children on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

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6 comments on “Cupich dismisses Viganò claims as a ‘rabbit hole’

  1. The Vigano Monologues

    Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Is it Bishop Vigano or Pope Francis who is taking the faithful down a rabbit hole? Analyze using your superior Vulcan logic which we no long call “superior” in the public forum in order to avoid being accused of excessive rigidity and neo-Pelagian triumphalism by sensitive liberals and progressive modernists who might be unfamiliar with Aristotelian logic and find such displays triggering events and microaggressions, calling undue attention to their illogical emotivism and irrationality….

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. It is possible that assertive displays of Aristotelian logic
    could be viewed as triggering events and microaggressions by the mentally challenged.

    Alice: Of course, progressive modernism in the Spirit of Vatican II
    does seem like a very deep rabbit hole.

    Hookah Smoking Caterpillar: Quite so.

    Mad Hatter: You silly girl! I have never heard of any gay subculture in this diocese.

    Alice: Well, if you’ve never heard of a gay subculture around here, why is there so much clericalism going on?

    Hookah Smoking Caterpillar: Clericalism? Did you say clericalism?

    Alice: That’s what the Holy Father said was causing all the problems.

    Mad Matter: She’s a clever girl. Almost…

    March Hare… jesuitical?

    Mad Hatter: You might say!

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Oh, yes, very good.

    Captain Kirk: Clericalism?

    Spock: Affirmative, Captain.

    Robin: Clericalism?

    Batman: It’s technical, Robin.

    Alice: Well, that is what he said.

    Hookah Smoking Caterpillar: Clericalism? Are you sure that is what he said?

    Sulu: But the pastel vestments are very stylish.

    Captain Kirk: Spock!!!

    Alice: Well, it’s all so very confusing.

    Professor Kant: Well, it goes to the a priori of the transcendental in the modernist dialectic.

    Professor Hegel: You beat me to the punch.

    Sir Robin: Did someone mention clericalism?

    The Riddler: From the banks of the Tiber to the Rhine
    who covers for the clericalism supine?

    Robin: Holy Torquemada, Batman!

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening….Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but speaking as a semi-recovering former Lutheran familiar with the pitfalls of eliminating reason and logic from discussions of religion, this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories….

  2. A prize for the first Catholic blogger to photoshop Chicago’s flamboyant modernist prelate as the March Hare or White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Bergoglio seems more the Mad Hatter type.

  3. “They also don’t like me because I look like Pinocchio. But Geppetto told me if I am real good that I could become a real boy.”

  4. Boom: Roberto de Mattei

    Pope Francis’ silence on Viganò is graver scandal than what Viganò exposed

    Roberto de Mattei: “«Le cléricalisme, voilà l’ennemi!». “Behold the enemy – clericalism,” The famous phrase pronounced on May 4th 1876 in the French Chamber of Deputies by Léon Gambetta (1838-1882), leading exponent of The Grand Orient of France, could easily have been made Pope Francis. This phrase, however, was considered the watchword by the Masonic secularism of the 19th century, and by applying it, the governments of the French Third Republic, carried out in the following years, an “anti-clerical” political program which had its stages in the secularization of the school, the expulsion of religious orders from the national territory, divorce and the abolition of the concordat between France and the Holy See. The clericalism Pope Francis speaks of is apparently different, but deep down he identifies it with that traditional conception of the Church which over the centuries was fought against by the Gallicans, the Liberals, the Freemasons and the Modernists. “

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