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Archbishop Cupich calls for new approaches to family breakdown

August 24, 2015

Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago called for special efforts to reach out to broken families, as he received the pallium, symbolizing his metropolitan authority and his union with the Holy See, in an August 23 ceremony.

Archbishop Cupich said that the Church must be "open to new avenues and creativity" in a pastoral response to marital breakdown. He said that it is important not to continue with an approach that has failed. He observed that the pallium-- a liturgical vestment worn by metropolitan archbishops-- is made of wool, a reminder of the pastor's role as shepherd, caring especially for lost sheep.

The archbishop's remarks appeared to reflect his support for a change in Church policy toward Catholics who are divorced and remarried. That topic is likely to be a key point of contention at the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Informed sources in Rome have said that Pope Francis will soon appoint Archbishop Cupich as a delegate to that Synod meeting.


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  • Posted by: MAG - Aug. 25, 2015 9:05 AM ET USA

    "not to continue with an approach that has failed" Perhaps the Archbishop is referring to vapid homilies? Bankrupt religious education? Deformed liturgy?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Aug. 24, 2015 7:18 PM ET USA

    The approach that has failed is the poor catechesis of Catholics since Vatican II. But Cupich will never recognize that. Instead he presses for more modernity and novelty.

  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 24, 2015 6:22 PM ET USA

    "It is important not to continue with an approach that has failed." I agree with his Excellency; ordinations of deviants to the priesthood, lousy catechesis by completely random and often clueless "CCD teachers," use of contraceptives by Catholics, relativism or indifference in moral conduct, lack of reverence in the Liturgy and lack of liturgical discipline masquerading as "creativity" have completely failed. They can't continue. The hippie times are over and the Church needs a thorough reform.