Blase the Blasé
by Christopher A. Ferrara
August 17, 2015
Blase Cupich is the very model of the Novus Ordo prelate: studiously caring and compassionate, politically correct, not too hung up on doctrine or liturgy (but fanatical about having altar girls), eager to surround himself with women in the Chancery, and tolerant of everything except traditional Roman Catholicism. In short, the perfect promoter of “the Francis effect,” which has earned Cupich’s boss something completely unprecedented for a Pope: endless praise from the entire world.
Being “the Francis effect” in action, Cupich is not too hung up about abortion either. Like Francis, Cupich is not “obsessed” with the murder of children in the womb. He cannot even summon up genuine outrage for the sale of the butchered babies’ body parts by Planned Parenthood. He is, in fact, rather blasé about it. Here is what he said concerning the recent revelations concerning this crime against humanity:
While commerce in the remains of defenseless children is particularly repulsive, 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.
No less appalled. I hope and pray that one phrase haunts Cupich until the end of his days, or until he repents of the utter arrogance it represents in one who portrays himself as a humble and compassionate shepherd. According to Blase the Blasé, the vivisection of innocent human beings and the sale of their organs for profit is no worse than:
- lack of decent medical care;
- immigration problems;
- capital punishment of convicted murderers.
Does Cupich really believe — as a strict moral proposition involving the use of reason — that any of these things are “no less appalling” than the brutal murder of children and the sale of their remains? Of course not. But he does think it is necessary to say that they are.
And what does that tell us about Cupich? I would suggest that it tells us he doesn’t really care about any of the issues he identifies, including the abortion holocaust he blithely reduces to a social problem no more troubling than unemployment. I would wager that Blase the Blasé doesn’t lose any sleep over the unemployed, the imaginary “thousands of people” who “die daily” for lack of medical care, illegal immigrants, the alleged victims of racism, or the fate of killers on death row.
What seems apparent is that Blase the Blasé’s primary concern is that of a politician: his own public image. Look at the photographs of the man and watch the videos of him waffling on every moral question to which a forthright and courageous answer would damage his standing with the press. Here, for example, is what Blase the Blasé had to say about the Supreme Court’s outrageous imposition of “gay marriage” on all fifty states: “The rapid social changes signaled by the Court ruling call us to mature and serene reflections as we move forward together. In that process, the Catholic Church will stand ready to offer a wisdom rooted in faith and a wide range of human experience.” But let us not forget, he added, that “the Catholic Church has an abiding concern for the dignity of gay persons.”
Could Bishop Blase, as he likes to be called, be any more blasé about the horror of sodomitical behavior achieving legal recognition as “marriage” in a once Christian West? Cupich is a prime example of the salt that has lost its savour and “is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men” (Matt. 5:13). Under the feckless leadership of prelate-politicians like him — elevated to prominence by a Pope hailed by the same world that rejects the Law of Gospel and the Kingship of Christ — the Church can indeed expect nothing but to be trodden upon by men. And that state of affairs is what the Third Secret of Fatima is all about.