CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - The chief prelate of Chicago is slamming the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for criticizing Joe Biden for his immoral and anti-Catholic stances on human sexuality and the family.
Cardinal Blase Cupich called out his fellow bishops for their "Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden" in a series of disparaging tweets on Wednesday. USCCB president Abp. Jose Gomez warned in the statement that "the Biden administration's policy agenda would advance 'moral evils' on several fronts, among them abortion, gender and religious liberty."
But Cupich described the statement as "ill considered." He added that it "was crafted without the involvement of the Administrative Committee," which he deemed would have been "the normal course."
Observers took note of Cupich's quick — some might say sycophantic — defense of Biden.
For example, George Neumayr, best-selling author of "The Biden Deception: Moderate, Opportunist or the Democrats' Crypto-Socialist?" (2020), described the substance of Cupich's reaction to Church Militant on Friday.
"Cupich is a Democratic Party activist in a priestly collar," Neumayr said. "His jealous protection of Biden against Catholic criticism, no matter how light, confirms that for all to see."
Other social media commenters were equally critical.
Cupich "favors and protects the killing of the innocent," Austin Ruse proffered.
"Here's a book you ought to read, cardinal. It contains the views of your brother bishops. (I happen to know the author fairly well.)" John Gerard Lewis tweeted, featuring a picture of his book Catholic Voting and Mortal Sin: How You Vote Can Endanger Your Salvation. Lewis' book contains scores of statements against abortion by numerous U.S. prelates.
Cupich not only criticized the USCCB statement, he appealed to the Holy See to tone down its message, according to a Church Militant report. His appeal, along with that of Cdl. Joseph Tobin of Newark, delayed its publication although it remained intact and was eventually published on the USCCB website.
In the middle of his critique of the USCCB report, Cupich found time to pen his own statement congratulating Biden. Dated Jan. 20 and written in honor of the "Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris," it reads:
The Catholic community of the archdiocese of Chicago joins our prayers with those of Pope Francis for the new President and First Lady, Vice President and Second Gentleman, and we extend our warmest wishes as they assume their new service to the nation.
Only two weeks ago, the world watched as our democracy was attacked. Today, we proved its resilience. The new administration begins in a time of global pandemic, economic peril and deep division, when millions of our brothers and sisters have been brought low by illness, poverty and racism. We pray that the way forward will be inspired, as the Holy Father asked, by dreaming together.
Just as they prayed together on inauguration day, we ask the leaders of our country to act together for the benefit of all its people. We implore that every life be valued, protected and nurtured as we rebuild a nation once again dedicated to its founding ideals of liberty and justice for all. Let us not fail in imagining a better future for all humanity and our common home and proceed, as President Biden said, with our whole soul in the task of making it real.
Neumayr added this parting shot regarding Cupich: "He is exactly the kind of stooge Biden needs as he seeks to reduce the Church to an appendage of the State."