Chicago’s Catholic Cardinal, Blase Cupich, tried to PC his way out of trouble by telling the media that we should not be worrying about priest sex abuse scandals but should instead concern ourselves with global warming and making sure we help illegals who are overrunning our borders.
So, Cardinal Cupich (pronounced “Blaze Supich”) is trying to wave off the left’s favorite topic of those evil, kid-abusing priests — as the left calls them — at the same time he is offering to replace that worry with the left’s even more favorite causes of helping illegal aliens and handwringing about global warming!
How’s that for spin?
That ol’ Cupich should become a magician with that over reaching attempt at misdirection.
Breitbart News has the story:
In a television interview with NBC News, Cardinal Cupich commented on a recent 11-page statement by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, that alleges a series of misdeeds by high-ranking Catholic prelates, including Pope Francis himself.
“The pope has a bigger agenda. He’s gotta get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church,” Cardinal Cupich said.
“We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this,” he added.
That is quite a statement, isn’t it?
Breitbart goes on to note why Cupich might be twisting himself into pretzel shapes to excuse away the Church’s sex abuse problems; it is because Cupich is indebted to the Church’s secretive gay factions.
Cardinal Cupich was also named in the report by Archbishop Viganò, and later released a statement expressing “astonishment” over allegations that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was behind his appointment as archbishop of Chicago.
In his communiqué, Archbishop Viganò referred to Cardinal Cupich as a man “blinded by his pro-gay ideology” who was appointed as archbishop outside of normal Church protocols because of the powerful backing of three influential cardinals, including McCarrick.
Cardinal Cupich denied being aware of having benefited personally from the patronage of Cardinal McCarrick.
For his part, Cupich tried to wave off any concern over just whom he might be working for.
“As to the issue of my appointment to Chicago as well as the question of episcopal appointments in general, I do not know who recommended me for the Archdiocese of Chicago,” Cupich said, adding, “but I do know that Pope Francis, like his predecessors, takes seriously the appointment of bishops as one of his major responsibilities.”
“Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants pastoral bishops, and I work each day to live up to that expectation in collaboration with many fine lay and religious women and men, my brother priests and brother bishops,” the Cardinal concluded.
Looks like this whole thing has Cupich running for the hills. But you have to hand it to him for that mighty attempt to spin his way out of this mess and for using the left’s rhetoric to do it.
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