The TruthRevolt blog ran a story yesterday on Archbishop Cupich’s event with Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin this past Sunday:
True to his claim that immigration reform is “God’s agenda,” Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been cozying up to pro-abortion Democrats to get his social justice initiatives underway.
On Sunday, the Archbishop joined Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Il), a dissident Roman Catholic with a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL on abortion issues, at the Temple Jeremiah synagogue in Northfield, Illinois, to discuss how people can support the cause of immigration reform. Democrats hope reform will translate into largely Catholic Hispanics voting for pro-abortion/pro-gay marriage Democrats in order to gain citizenship.
Speaking before an audience of 300 people, Cupich urged everyone to speak with friends and neighbors about the issue, and to stand up to bullies wherever they find them.
“Look for ways to tell our heritage stories and tell your representatives how you feel,” Cupich said. “Speak out, and don’t let racist comments go by.”
With his eyes on the 2016 presidential election, Dick Durbin subtly reminded people that the more they organize Hispanic voters, the more likely another pro-abortion, pro-immigration reform Democrat would end up in the White House.
“If we add 2 million new voters, that would change the debate for president,” he said of the 2016 election. “They will have an impact.”
Although Cupich and Durbin lamented at the conference that current immigration policies such as deportation “break up families,” neither of the men expressed concern for the impact that the policies they support such as abortion and same-sex marriage have on the family. Nor did Cupich express any concern about the problem of trying to assimilate these immigrants into the culture.
“The longer we delay, the deeper the hopelessness we’re creating in the lives of young people about their future,” Cupich said. “We will lose our center, our identity and our youth.”
With so much else going on, it’s easy to lose track of the Trojan Horse that is “immigration reform.” With the majority of US bishops strongly in the camp of amnesty-based solutions — and Pope Francis making the case for migrants every chance he gets — Catholics who see an irreversible demographic shift leading to anti-Catholic political realities in the very near future are left to look like angry xenophobes if they want secure borders.
The social and moral issues facing our country are moving beyond cultural forces and making their way into law. From abortion to same sex “marriage” to the potentially open (and legal) persecution of those who favor true marriage, any significant change in the voting public that moves things in a more progressive direction will mean an irrevocable loss of legal protections for the things we hold dear.
In the past 30 years, the Hispanic vote has been overwhelming left-leaning in presidential elections. Whatever the reasons for this (they’re too complex to begin parsing here) what we are seeing is a growing voting block that wants to elect presidents who also oppose Catholic moral principles as a matter of policy.
Add to that the dangers of growing immigration from the Islamic world — the Texas ISIS attack was fomented by US Citizens who had radicalized, demonstrating again that ideology trumps nationality — and we have some very serious issues on our hands.
This transcends politics. I’m not interested in party affiliations here. I’m concerned about principles, ethics, morals, and consequences.
Our Bishops owe it to their flocks to look out for their best interests, to urge prudence and caution, and to stand for what is virtuous, no matter how unpopular. Cupich’s willingness to be associated with a dissident, pro-abortion Catholic politician on this issue (which is dangerous enough in itself) without even the slightest hint of fraternal correction on other, more non-negotiable principles is an inauspicious sign of what Chicago Catholics can expect for the foreseeable future.
Cardinal George famously predicted: “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
I can’t see Archbishop Cupich dying in prison when he’s making so many powerful friends. That said, “the shards of a ruined society” are approaching at breakneck speed.
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher and Executive Director of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have seven children.