CNA: In Unprecedented Move, Cardinal Cupich Criticizes USCCB Statement on Joe Biden

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Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago celebrated Mass with members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Region VII who gathered at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on the Island on Dec. 13, 2019, during their ad Limina Apostolorum visit. (photo: Daniel Ibanez / CNA/EWTN)

The overt criticism of the USCCB came after Cardinal Cupich published a separate statement on his website that did not include certain critiques.

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, used Twitter to issue a scathing criticism of the USCCB’s official statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

In his four-part Twitter thread on Wednesday, Cardinal Cupich said that “the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an ill-considered statement on the day of President Biden’s inauguration. Aside from the fact that there is seemingly no precedent for doing so, the statement, critical of President Biden, came as a surprise to many bishops, who received it just hours before it was released.”

“The statement was crafted without the involvement of the Administrative Committee, a collegial consultation that is a normal course for statements that represent and enjoy the considered endorsement of the American bishops,” he said.  …

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