CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - As the U.S. bishops organized a national call-in day for immigration policy, Cdl. Blase Cupich of Chicago did his part by talking with a pro-abortion senator.
Cardinal Cupich was on video Monday calling Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on the phone to talk about "dreamers," undocumented immigrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally when they were minors. It was part of the National Call-In Day for Dreamers, organized by the US of Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Archdiocesan news outlet Chicago Catholic shared a video Monday of Cdl. Cupich talking with Sen. Durbin over the phone about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — the program which provides amnesty to some undocumented immigrants.
The Trump administration, as part of its ongoing immigration reforms, has sought to phase out DACA. President Donald Trump has tried to work with Democrats to figure out new measures that would help the estimated 1.8 million people eligible for DACA, including the 800,000 youth already under the program's umbrella. But the two sides of the debate are stuck at a standstill.
In the 20-second video on Twitter, Cupich greets Sen. Durbin and urges him "to take action to protect the DACA students."
This is just two weeks after Bp. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, affirmed that Durbin was barred from receiving the Blessed Sacrament in the diocese of Springfield. Bishop Paprocki's Feb. 13 statement reads, "Sen. Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life."
Durbin has a 100 percent approval rating from pro-abortion group NARAL. The Democrat was one of 14 Catholic senators — 12 Democrats, two Republicans — who helped defeat the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PCUCP). This proposed legislation would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the majority of cases.
The PCUCP had already passed the U.S. House of Representatives. If the U.S. Senate had passed the bill, President Trump would have signed it into law. That was one of Trump's campaign promises.
Dozens of faithful Catholics replied with outrage to Cupich's Twitter video.
One Catholic wrote, "What a disgrace. I'm embarrassed as a Catholic."
Another social media user said, "Yet, you denied our priests the ability to pray outside the slaughterhouse that is Planned Parenthood."
This refers to an infamous incident in September of 2011. While bishop of Spokane in Washington state, Cupich urged priests and seminarians not to take part in 40 Days for Life, nor to pray outside abortion mills.
Along with the Catholic backlash, a few non-Catholics also vented their frustration. One man wrote, "So glad to NOT be a #Catholic."
Cardinal Cupich has been cozy with Durbin for a few years. In May 2015, for instance, Cupich and Durbin set up a speaking engagement outside a synagogue to talk about immigration policy.
In September 2017, California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein infamously mocked the Catholic faith of Amy Coney Barrett, a Trump judicial appointee. The 84-year-old Feinstein embarrassed Barrett by telling her, "When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you."
During the same interrogation, Durbin rebuked Barrett for using the term "orthodox Catholic" in her writings — a phrase designating those who, unlike Durbin, are faithful to the Deposit of Faith.
In the aftermath, Catholic and secular journalists lambasted Feinstein. Her interrogation was called "bigotry," "an ideological attack," "unconstitutional" and "symptomatic of a repressive turn among Western liberals."
An L.A. Times piece argued, "Feinstein is free not to vote for Barrett, but she owes the professor an apology."
Reporting on the recent Cupich scandal, Claire Chretien of LifeSiteNews asked, "Another question worth asking: When was the last time the U.S. bishops hosted a 'national call-in day' for the federal Heartbeat Bill? Or the pro-life bill against which Durbin voted? Or to demand Congress defund Planned Parenthood?"