Cardinal Cupich’s response to clergy sex abuse report is disappointing

Cardinal Blase Cupich’s statement in response to Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s report was overly defensive and tone-deaf.

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Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Rome, Thursday, May 25, 2023. The archbishop of Chicago urged the Illinois attorney general on Thursday to provide information about 125 newly uncovered cases of priests who sexually abused minors in Chicago that were included in a statewide investigative report, saying he would gladly include them on his list of credibly accused clergy if the claims were substantiated. (AP Photo/Paolo Lucariello) ORG XMIT: XDS114

Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Rome, Thursday, May 25, 2023.

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I am deeply saddened by the statement and response of Cardinal Blase Cupich to the Illinois attorney general’s report on clergy sex abuse. As a Catholic, I found it overly defensive and tone deaf at times. Along with the defensiveness in tone, it pats the church on the back. Its history in Chicago and throughout the world is not one to be proud of or to gloat over its progress.

For example, he writes:

“Attorney General Raoul said the Church is more worthy of investigation because it is a trusted religious organization. We think all children deserve to be protected regardless of whether they are cared for by a religious or secular institution; it isn’t fair or wise to focus only on the Catholic Church, which has made the greatest strides in this area.”

When you have the biggest amount of problems to resolve, of course you have made great strides. But the latter does not mean that investigation and further work is not warranted.

Dan Cotter, Forest Glen

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