In a sermon on August 23, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich called for Catholics to be open to “new avenues of creativity” when it comes to non-traditional families.
The remarks were made during a ceremony where Cupich received a pallium, a wool stole that symbolizes a connection to the pope.
In his homily Cupich praised Pope Francis: “His service is needed lest we begin to treat the church’s tradition too narrowly and forget the history of our faith and the treasures we have.”
Cupich, who was apppointed Archbishop of Chicago by Pope Francis in 2014, then addressed the issue of non-traditional families: "With the upcoming synod, it is clear that the Holy Father is calling the Church to examine our categories of expression about what we believe and be open to new avenues and creativity when it comes to accompanying families. All of this has much to say to us in Chicago, that we not settle for solutions that no longer work, expressions that no longer inspire and ways of working that stifle creativity and collaboration."
Cupich also referred to Pope John XXIII, who convened the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s and was canonized by Francis last year, John XXIII “called the entire Church to a fresh appreciation of the ancient teaching of the medicine of mercy in an era when many in the Church preferred the narrow path of severity and condemnation,” said Cupich.
On August 3, Cupich published an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune arguing that outrage over abortion and Planned Parenthood’s selling of baby parts should be no more intense than outrage over social ills. “While commerce in the remains of defenseless children is particularly repulsive,” Cupich wrote, “we should be no less appalled by the indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want; who pay the price of violence in gun-saturated neighborhoods; or who are executed by the state in the name of justice.”