Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich and Amoris Laetitia Developments

Chicago’s Archbishop, Cardinal Blase Cupich, was invited by the Von Hugel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry to be the Guest Lecturer at their 2018 annual series on February 9, 2018.  The Von Hugel Institute, affiliated with the University of Cambridge (England), is an interdisciplinary research center inspired by Catholic thought and culture.

In Cupich’s talk entitled “Pope Francis’ In Revolution of Mercy: Amoris Laetitia as a New Paradigm of Catholicity,” he referred to the 2016 Apostolic Exhortation as “nothing short of revolutionary.” Further, he encouraged all Catholic leaders to support the Pope’s “call to action” by welcoming “a new way of relating to the lives of families today.“

During an interview prior to the lecture, Cardinal Cupich remarked that the invitation to speak at the Von Hugel Institute presented an opportunity for him to share his thoughts on Amoris Laetitia “in such a way that might bring some clarity for people who have raised questions and then also to raise a challenge for them to also take a second look at the document.”

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In another Amoris Laetitia development, on February 12 an announcement was made that plans are underway for a series of day-long seminars to assist U. S. Catholic Bishops with understanding and implementing Pope Francis’ exhortation on family life in their respective Dioceses.  The announcement was made by Fr. James Keenan, a Boston College theologian, who is one of the seminar organizers, along with Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Discastery for Laity, family and life.

Forty-seven U. S. Catholic Bishops will attend the seminars, which are scheduled to begin within the next week or so. The seminars will follow a similar format as the two-day conference hosted by Keenan and Cupich at Boston College last October.  During this conference, the two Cardinals, twelve bishops and twenty-four other invited participants discussed “the new momentum” that Amoris Laetitia gives bishops to renew their pastoral practices toward families.

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