Inspirational Quotes from Blase J. Cupich

The death penalty confronts us with a penetrating moral question: Can even the monstrous crimes of those who are condemned to death and are truly guilty of such crimes erase their sacred dignity as human beings and their intrinsic right to life?

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When the state imposes the death penalty, it proclaims that taking one human life counterbalances the taking of another life. This assumption is profoundly mistaken.

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The nation’s children, families, poor, workers, and senior citizens deserve more than lip service. They deserve more than outrage. They deserve real support, protection, and solid action.

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There should be reluctance to make a national policy so inflexible that it fails to take into account the country’s diversity.

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Some pro-life advocates focus almost exclusively on the rights and suffering of the unborn baby, while some pro-choice advocates focus equally exclusively on the rights and suffering of pregnant women. This is a distortion of the moral choice that confronts us as a society.

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We are called to care for those sickened by pollution, house those displaced by environmental calamities, and heal the spirits of those – especially our youth – who are disheartened by a world where human survival is now in question.

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Listen, talk, be respectful of people – and make sure that you have openness to where people are coming from. And you don’t do anything that is unnecessarily antagonistic, that is only going to make you feel good because you’ve done it.

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I don’t want the abnormal or something special. I want to have a normal life.

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We don’t need more divisive language or programs and policies that are going to tear the fabric of the nation apart.

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We are an immigrant nation.

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The existence of slavery cast the shadow of hypocrisy over the otherwise noble proclamation of the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our Declaration of Independence.

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The open and generous nature of the American people has the capacity to astonish and push boundaries. We crowdfund, sign petitions, dump buckets of ice on ourselves, and embrace new ways of relating to our environment.

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Pope Francis tells us who he is by pointing to Caravaggio’s St. Matthew: ‘Here, this is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze.’ He is telling us that he has experienced the same rush of speechless wonder and graced love Caravaggio depicts in his painting.

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If we create a framework for decision-making that is biased toward life, supportive of families, and fair to people of all circumstances, our policies, legislation, and commercial decisions will be vastly different.

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The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It’s also a time of forgiveness of sins, so my hope would be that grace would be instrumental in bringing people to the truth.

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I commend the parents who are sending their children to a Catholic school, because they’re making a sacrifice, and they’re paying twice for their child’s education: They’re paying the tuition, and they’re paying taxes.

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We have to believe in the mercy and grace of God to trigger conversion rather than the other way around: that you’re only going to get the mercy if you have a conversion. The economy of salvation doesn’t work that way.

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We want to let people know that we can build solidarity with suffering folks so that they are not excluded, they are integrated.

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I believe the assertion that every human life has an inherent and inalienable value will only be strengthened if we apply this principle to the morality of defending both convicted criminals and the lives of the unborn.

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I think that the Pope has trust in every bishop that is appointed.

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For generations, our political life was distorted by the influence of public officials whose foremost goal was to preserve the essence, if not the form, of slavery in a segregated and discriminatory social system.

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My folks were very practical. They were also kind of able to think outside of the box. They were not going to let circumstance paralyze them. They knew sometimes you just had to take some new initiative. I think they passed that on to all of us… If you don’t find a way, you make one.

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We Catholics have been in the forefront in defending the dignity of the human person. Clericalism is a direct violation of human dignity.

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We must band together to call for gun-control legislation. We must act in ways that promote the dignity and value of human life.

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Chicago is highly segregated, a fact that both causes and compounds the problems we face in bringing an end to violence.

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Schooling people in the ways of ongoing discernment produces a greater receptivity to the tradition of the church and at the same time creates the freedom that will make them more responsive to the will of God throughout their lives.

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We budget quite a bit of money every year in order to assist people who are migrating here, people who are trying to enter into our society and be a part of the American dream.

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Here are the ingredients of a tragedy: untreated mental illness, a society where life is cheap and crime is glamorized, and a ready supply of firearms.

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The state and its leaders have not only a responsibility but also a vested interest in defending the sacredness and value of every human life.

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Ultimately, it is only the witness who convinces people, not the teacher.

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This business of demonizing or pre-defining people by the way they look, the religion that they practice, or where they came from is not only un-American but it’s going to hurt America.

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I would say that every pope has had people within his administration who have had difficulties one way or another with his administration.

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We have always wanted to make sure that we start the conversation by saying that all people are of value and their lives should be respected and that we should respect them.

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People should be called the way that they want to be called rather than us coming up with terms that maybe we’re more comfortable with.

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Once kids begin to realize that they are connected to a greater good and greater whole, then that will lessen the possibility that they will act out violently because it creates empathy.

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We help immigrants because we are an immigrant nation, and we are an immigrant church. We’ve always done that; this is nothing new to us. This is not a new venture for us. It’s who we are and have been from the very beginning of the history of the Catholic Church in this country.

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We have to be sure we don’t pigeonhole one group as though they’re not part of the human family, as though there’s a different set of rules for them. That would be a big mistake.

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Christ receives people; because of that mercy, conversion happens.

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I did my doctoral dissertation on the lectionary readings that we use at mass and how you have biblical texts that have been taken out of their original Bible context and put together for mass, and now they form a new text. Out of that new text, there is an interplay of new meaning.

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I try to be sensitive to the power of language, to the power of language that God uses to reveal something about what Christ is doing in our time. That is why I’m always excited about preaching, because there is always something new.

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I was really grateful to have a chance to have some really in-depth study about the power of language using a philosopher who taught at the University of Chicago by the name of Paul Ricoeur. I’m really happy to be in Chicago because a lot of what I do is rooted in his approach to language.

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Those who do not think religious organizations should have an opinion on climate change misunderstand the former and the moral dimension of the latter.

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Racism is a sin and has no place in the church, including the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Our schools must be places where all are respected and the values of tolerance and peacemaking are taught and nurtured.

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Clericalism is a form of elitism in which some are viewed as having special rights and privileges.

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The long arc of history that recounts the Catholic Church’s embrace of people of all faiths and none in providing health, education, and welfare in society is as incontestable as it is impressive.

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Catechesis, preaching, and passing on the faith must not only be about educating the members of our communities in the content of our tradition. This is important, but it must equally be about developing their spiritual sensitivity to the ways God manifests His presence and action in the world.

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Collaborative governance needs to be more than calling on the advice and competence of others to make up for our episcopal shortcomings. Rather, governance involves seeking how God is revealing his work through others in the community.

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The Second Amendment was passed in an era when organized police forces were few and citizen militias were useful in maintaining the peace.

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Science can and should inform debate about abortion and the law. But science does not resolve questions of moral value and moral choice.

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Society cannot escape what is essentially a moral question: When does human life deserve legal protection from the state? And society certainly cannot escape this dilemma by denying that it is fundamentally a moral issue, no matter what position one chooses.

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Abortion is a searing and divisive public policy issue precisely because two significant sets of rights are in conflict, and no matter which set of laws it enacts, society must choose between those rights.

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