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By Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine, December 5, 2018

In the American Catholic Church and in the Church worldwide under the Francis papacy, we’ve entered the Cupich Moment. With his appointment to the Archdiocese of Chicago, and, with his being selected as the primary American organizer of the gathering of bishops this coming February for the purpose of addressing the sexual abuse crisis (which he doesn’t acknowledge as a crisis), Cardinal Cupich now stands as the de facto most powerful prelate in America.

Imagine you are a first-year seminary student studying for the priesthood in one of America’s 189 Catholic seminaries. You are not yet formed theologically or spiritually but you dream of wearing the red hat someday and find that ambition beginning to shape your heart and mind.

As you observe the American ecclesial landscape, you can’t help but notice the rapid ascent of Blase Cupich from relative obscurity to Francis’s Point Man in America with influence that will undoubtedly continue to grow internationally. As you plot the trajectory of your own ascent, Cupich becomes your template and you begin to identify some lessons learned from the Cupich Moment…..Read entire article…go to: