PopeWatch: Cupich

Cardinal Cupich is the perfect symbol of the clerics promoted by Pope Francis:


CHICAGO, March 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Archdiocese of Chicago, under the leadership of Cardinal Blase Cupich, has reportedly told its priests that all baptisms “must be postponed” in response to the coronavirus pandemic and that even an “emergency” baptism requires the “permission” of the bishop. 

In an analysis published yesterday, Ed Condon and J.D. Flynn of Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported that Archbishop Cupich’s priests “have been told that during the (coronavirus) pandemic, the emergency celebration of baptism requires permission of the bishop ― despite canonical norms permitting anyone, even a layperson, to celebrate baptism in a true emergency.” 

LifeSiteNews has been informed that this policy has not been publicly posted. However, when challenged by Twitter users, Condon posted parts of a document, including a paragraph stating, “All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be rescheduled only when the order is lifted. There is no exception to this, regardless of the size of the group. However, in case of an extreme emergency for baptism, please seek the permission of your bishop.” 

Go here to read the rest.  It is black letter Catholic teaching that in an emergency anyone can baptize a child or anyone else.  Either Cupich is ignorant of this, or he simply doesn’t care.  In a time of pestilence, one would think that a Catholic cleric would be reminding people of the ability of anyone to perform an emergency baptism.  That Cupich is doing the exact opposite speaks volumes about the man.

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  1. “That Cupich is doing the exact opposite speaks volumes about the man.” Funny, but I use that rule of thumb to form opinions about quite a few clerics, including his boss.

  2. These are truly unprecedented times. In all of Georgia, my home state, only one Parish continues to celebrate public Mass – the SSPX (I’m not a member but I visited them yesterday. They were friendly, reverent, apparently orthodox, and very careful to follow social distancing protocols). Makes one wonder who is truly “schismatic” (although I believe that the SSPX is no longer considered “schismatic”, only irregular or illicit?). I also wonder if the Arians, when most of the Church was Arian, condemned those who held to the true Faith?

  3. Not at all surprising. In years of promoting NFP, my wife and I encountered difficulty many times with men who should know better. It was all clericalism in mutated forms, order of prevalence being:
    #4 – you can’t be serious, mere Lay people are too weak to practice sexual restraint during fertile time.
    #3- you’re “not” going to tell “me” what the Church Teaches.
    #2 – “I have been educated, if you were sophisticated like me you would know better…”
    #1 – I’m the “father” here, I don’t walk into your house and tell you what what to teach.

    Scratch a prelate who does not believe in what the Church Teaches on sexuality and you’ll always… always…find a clerical tyrant.

  4. “Scratch a prelate who does not believe in what the Church Teaches on sexuality and you’ll always… always…find a clerical tyrant”

    So right, David WS. Forgot where I saw this, but it was corroborated at the time by an observer. Before Soupy was made a Bishop, a parishioner knelt to receive Holy Communion from him (in South Dakota, IIRC), and he refused, loudly telling her “Don’t you ever do that again in my church.”
    Speaks volumes, indeed.

  5. It can be worse and probably will get worse. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Springfield, Mass. instructed his priests to engage in sacrilege. The poor sick, perhaps dying people expected a sacrament and instead received a sacrilege.

    Anything Goes: Bishop Allows Nurses To “Anoint” The Sick
    Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, USA, “allowed” nurses on March 25 to perform [invalid] anointings of the sick.
    Rozanski planned that a priest would stand outside the room while a nurse would enter and administers the oil. Prayers could be provided via telephone.
    On March 27, CatholicNewsAgency.com reported about this. An hour later, Rozanski rescinded his “permission.”

  6. @Frank, I’ve seen that too. Being yelled at “I’m the father here.. don’t tell me what the Church Teaches!”
    Is certainly the closest I’ve come to seeing wickedness in high places. It was difficult, but it strengthened me for the (no surprise) scandals that came later. God Bless.

  7. I think we have to admit that many believers, including leaders, today have become more secularized that we thought.

  8. Everyone is familiar with the village atheist canard “I believe in science not X” I assume.

    We’re learning how many village atheists wear clericals.

    Watched our Bishop give a good homily on the readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent yesterday. The readings were about God’s power over death, Bishop applied that to living in a time of year and isolation because disease stalks the land.

    Good homily. Would have been a great one if we were at Mass instead of at home watching him teach to a mostly empty Cathedral.

    Our actions are tending to convey the opposite of what we profess to believe. That needs to stop, soon, before it does more damage than the abuse scandals.

  9. It’s an inordinate fear of sickness and death from exotic foreign viruses that compels him. I’m sure he thinks he’s saving the lives of his clergy. Or at least protecting their health.

  10. I misread Donatist and saw Donation Schism. The latter happens often when bishops make outrageous unorthodox pronouncements.

  11. Good topic. Here’s my two cents.

    When a former now-deceased bishop of Phoenix was approached, very meekly and politely, by an older long-time donor and acquaintance of mine, who had been extremely generous to the bishop for his charitable causes, and who he at first warmly greeted, and asked a special consideration, if the bishop would consider having a Latin Mass weekly in the diocese “because the Church permits it” (This was before Summorum Pontificium, but still could be approved of course at the bishop’s discretion), his demeanor suddenly changed and became dark and stormy, and growled at her, “Here, I am the Church in Phoenix,” And stalked away.

    Not long after that, not very long, “The Church in Phoenix” had a hit-run accident and killed a man, unfortunately, and was removed. Deo Gratias.

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