- Jan 25, 2020
Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich has outlined plans for a major new philanthropy to promote programs that have proven effective in combatting violence and lifting people out of poverty. The fund will seek money from a range of donors and the archdiocese plans to partner with other social services dedicated to “breaking the violence-causing cycle of despair, racism and poverty in the city.”
While Boston, Chicago and Washington have always been important forces in American Catholic life, they haven’t always been exactly in alignment. That, however, is certainly not the case in 2016, when one could make a good case that those three cities now form a key “Pope Francis Axis” in the American church.
A priest and former slave who served in Chicago and western Illinois in the late 1800s is a step closer to becoming a saint as his body is being exhumed and subject to scientific examination as part of the sainthood review process.
In a time of confusion and uncertainty about the future for the Christian believer in the United States, perhaps it’s a good moment to revive the legacy of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago and his method of dialogue at common ground and the common good.
Chicago’s cardinal-elect is a pastor who identifies strongly with Pope Francis’s vision for the Church. As Archbishop of Chicago, he embodies the pope’s idea of shepherds who know their flock and are there for them — especially in times of suffering and need.
A lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was sexually abused when he was seven years old by a teenager who later became a prominent Catholic priest lawsuit names the Claretians Missionaries, a 165-year-old order that has around 3,000 priests and brothers in about 60 countries, as the principal defendant.