Cardinal Cupich of Chicago: The Pope’s Climate Change Message is a “Bigger Agenda” than Church Child Sex Abuse

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Cardinal Blase Cupich has made the outrageous claim during an interview that talking about the environment and refugees is more important than addressing church child sex abuse allegations.

Chicago Cardinal: Global Warming, Migrants Are ‘Bigger Agenda’ than Sex Abuse

28 Aug 2018
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

Cardinal Blase Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, has downplayed bombshell allegations that Pope Francis knowingly rehabilitated an abusive American cardinal, saying the pope has a “bigger agenda” to worry about, such as protecting the environment and migrants.

In a television interview with NBC News, Cardinal Cupich commented on a recent 11-page statement by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, that alleges a series of misdeeds by high-ranking Catholic prelates, including Pope Francis himself.

The pope has a bigger agenda. He’s gotta get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church,” Cardinal Cupich said.

“We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this,” he added.

Read more (includes a video of the interview):

I sincerely hope Cardinal Cupich walks back his disgusting comments. Church sex abuse of children is the ultimate betrayal of trust. Suggesting that “talking about the environment” could be more important than fixing a broken system which failed, may still be failing to protect vulnerable children – words fail me.

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August 28, 2018 6:08 pm

The Catholic church continues to invent deeper depths to sink to. Unbelievable.

Reply to  DHR
August 29, 2018 4:32 am

There are good cardinals, but they are ostracized. There are good bishops, but they are kept far from any levers of power. There are good priests, but they are undermined by flagrant perverts. Such is the Age of Pope Francis.

Nothing will change until a miracle sweeps the predators out, or the Vatican Bank goes broke on Mafia provided vice.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Patrick
August 29, 2018 2:55 pm

Mark Thiessen of the Washington Post had a great column on this. “I suddenly understand how the Reformation happened.” His point is that if the Catholic church doesn’t clean up their act quickly, they will be facing another split.

Reply to  Richard Patton
August 29, 2018 3:13 pm


Carbon taxes are the new indulgences.

Anne Deagle
Reply to  Richard Patton
August 31, 2018 10:37 am

I agree!

Reply to  Patrick
August 29, 2018 3:01 pm

John Paul I was probably bumped off over the Vatican Bank’s dealings with Banco Ambrosiano.

Anne Deagle
Reply to  Patrick
August 31, 2018 10:36 am

I agree with this statement. So sad for our Church. We have lost trust!

Slavic Pegan
Reply to  Patrick
September 1, 2018 11:14 pm

there are NO good cardinals, NO good bishops and NO good priests. faith is worlds most powerfull and harmfull drug.

Reply to  DHR
September 5, 2018 12:59 pm

Francis does NOT represent the Catholic church, there are doubts whether he is even a Catholic at all

August 28, 2018 6:09 pm

Like having Jane Fonda as a life coach

August 28, 2018 6:10 pm

Talk about getting your virtue signalling back-to-front!

Patrick MJD
August 28, 2018 6:16 pm

He really should stick to fixing the long documented child abuse issues with his subordinates.

steve case
August 28, 2018 6:17 pm

I would imagine that it’s not just the Catholic Church that have agents that take advantage of children. Our left-wing media hates the church of Rome and is more than willing to expose its failings.

Rich Davis
Reply to  steve case
August 28, 2018 6:29 pm

You can’t be serious Steve. What happened to Lk12:48?

Reply to  Rich Davis
August 29, 2018 10:33 am

I believe his point is that the Catholic Church isn’t the only group that abuses children, but it’s the only group that the media wants to talk about.

I’m not sure if there are any groups who have as bad a problem with child abuse as does the Catholic Church, but it is a fact that the media does tend to gang up on any group they don’t like and give a pass to those groups it does like.

Rich Davis
Reply to  MarkW
August 29, 2018 3:18 pm

True enough, but if you’re a Catholic in the current moment, there should be no hint of excuse-making. I realize that you’re a Protestant and it’s charitable of you to speak up that way. But if a Catholic believes that the church is what the church claims to be, then they would hold the church to a much higher standard. To those whom much is given, much is expected.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
August 28, 2018 6:55 pm

Eric, this is a Cardinal.
It is shocking to hear these words.
What has happened is that a person has accidently told the truth.
I am not speaking for Catholics, only myself.
I could not be more appalled if I tried to be.
Anyone who walks into a church and hands them money, or who thinks they are in the presence of goodness and Holy Virtue, are just dupes.
This is a shocking thing for anyone to say in response to charges of pedophilia and serial rape and the covering up of the same.
Even if it was just in general regarding no one in particular and unrelated to one’s self.
For one of the leaders of THE Holy Catholic Church to say it, in response to criminal acts by not one, but many many, of his own people?

Rich Davis
Reply to  Menicholas
August 28, 2018 7:00 pm


Reply to  Menicholas
August 28, 2018 7:31 pm

BTW, Eric, just want to be clear, I am not talking about your words, but the Cardinal’s.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Eric Worrall
August 29, 2018 11:07 am

All my life as a minister’s son I’ve heard off-base commentary from high church officials about matters of reality as if they were somehow unaware of anything but their own pious safe-zone, where they have license to make judgements based on assumptions.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Menicholas
August 29, 2018 5:37 am

Good comments, Menicholas.

The Catholic Church needs to get itself in order. Who wants to be part of an organization that is known to harbor pedofiles? It’s way past time that heads roll and a new direction is taken.

Think of all the innocent children that have been defiled. It’s insanity and it cannot be allowed to continue.

Let’s hope there is a Burning Hell in the future for the perpetrators of these crimes against the most innocent and vulnerable. It’s just horrible!

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 29, 2018 6:26 am

Outside of McCarrick, people, including Catholics, don’t understand the sea change in procedures that took place 20 years ago, at least in the US. The stories recently coming out of PA are literally old news, hence all the talk about changing the statute of limitations. In the US, a religious will be removed from the ministry on a credible allegation, and the case referred to the police for further action. “Credible allegation” means can it be established that the accused and accuser where in proximity at the time of the allegation. That’s all it takes, and you are out. If a priest, you may be involuntarily laicised. There is no investigation, no hearing, tribunal or trial. I’ve seen it happen.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 29, 2018 3:06 pm

There is. Only problem is that these guys think they can just go to confessional (manned by their fellow perverts) and continue doing what they are doing. They are going to be shocked when at judgment day when Jesus says ” Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who practice evil!’” And the following is especially appropriate considering what they have done: “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”

Rich Davis
August 28, 2018 6:20 pm

“We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this,” he added.

Not sure what kind of hole Cupich normally goes down but isn’t he one of Uncle Ted McCarrick’s boys?

August 28, 2018 6:22 pm

I really don’t understand this…
Seems like all my life I have heard this about the church…it makes headlines every now and then
…and absolutely nothing has even been done about it

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Latitude
August 28, 2018 6:41 pm


…and absolutely nothing has even been done about it”

Mostly this is true. Then sometimes those responsible for abuse are brought to justice and, rightly, convicted and sent to jail. Brother Kelly of St. Lawrence School, Waterford, Ireland.

The big issue, apart from the Church, is that the community are very reluctant bringing these people to justice.

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Latitude
August 29, 2018 4:23 am

It would appear that the Catholic Church Hierarchy has become an incestuous cult. “Monkey see monkey do” resulting in an epidemic and has trickled down & infected the priests and probably the nuns too. Just sayin.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Latitude
August 29, 2018 6:43 am

Please see below for the American bishop’s response to the crisis…in 2002. Late, but not “nothing”.

Reply to  Latitude
August 29, 2018 9:14 am


This time the problem for the Vatican is different.
Francis is a special pope.

By all looks of it, pope Francis is not on the side of “deep state Vatican”.

The main issue and main problem is the prospect of the exercise of excommunication power by pope Francis, which is very much required
under the circumstances.
It seems that exactly what the “baddies ” trying to block.

Francis as a pope can not have such power by default, but once allowed to,
it can apply it in many other causes and instances, as required by circumstances.
As far as I understand it, once pope Francis exercises such power, he has that power
to his “command” for “ever”, as it can not be reversed.
A special pope indeed.

That is my understanding…..sure in reality is more complicated, but as
far as I can tell, this what I think is the main problem the Vatican faces
at the moment.


Eric Von Salzen
August 28, 2018 6:26 pm

When Francis arrives at the Pearly Gates, I don’t think St. Peter is going to ask him about climate change.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Eric Von Salzen
August 28, 2018 6:34 pm

More likely:

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Reply to  Rich Davis
August 29, 2018 6:48 am

I miss The Far side so much!

Reply to  Eric Von Salzen
August 28, 2018 7:13 pm

No, but when he gets to Hell, Satan likely will.
See, they are saving a special place for them.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Eric Von Salzen
August 28, 2018 8:51 pm

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales, and then Jonah.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though a whale is a very large, its throat is very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
The teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human, it was impossible.
The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah.”
The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”
The little girl replied, “Then you ask him!”

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
August 28, 2018 9:32 pm

The Bible actually says “great fish”, not “whale”. Nor could any known whale actually have swallowed a human.

Nor for that matter, any fish.

Yet another “fish story” in the Bible, not to be taken literally.

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 4:52 am

Actually it was a USO.

Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 5:02 am

Ever seen the throat of a basking shark?

Reply to  Hum
August 29, 2018 1:22 pm

I suppose you mean the whale shark, which is larger than the basking. And yes, I have, but you apparently have not. Its mouth is big, but not its throat.

Dr. E. W. Gudger, an Honorary Associate in Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, notes of the whale shark that “while the mouth is cavernous, the throat itself is only four inches wide and has a sharp elbow or bend behind the opening. This gullet would not permit the passage of a man’s arm”.

Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 8:53 am

Could they have mistaken a submarine type vessel for a whale? Ancient alien researchers say yes.

Reply to  Bryan
August 29, 2018 10:34 am

Bryan, question Sgt

Could they have mistaken a submarine type vessel for a whale? Ancient alien researchers say yes.

You don’t really need that far an assumption. Treat the “Book” as a series of oral repitiouns of stories, tales, poems, histories (kings, battles, cities, journeys, other nation-cities), and moral tales and fables (Aesop’s Fables, folk tales of good and evil) and a strong mix of Absolute Truth AND Morals and religious strictures. True, the ancient fishermen and merchants and sailors knew absolutely that “large fish” (killer whales, sperm whales, large porpoises) eat their meals with direct bites. Heck, even balleen whales gulp schools of fish in one mouthful.

So, what’s wrong with a cautionary “miracle tale” of “Divine Salvation of the Lord’s Intended”? Heck, what’s wrong with a simple miracle in a religious book about God? Do not more people today regard Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, the Evil Witch with an enchanted Apple (Lord knows a PC couldn’t be enchanted with an evil virus), or ancient dragons as more real than an invisible, omnipotent being?

Richard Patton
Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 3:13 pm

Just for your info, there is no other piece of ancient literature even as remotely accurate as the Bible. None. If the Bible says something happened and history says it didn’t, go for what the Bible says. Case in point: the Hittites. 150years ago the lack of mention of the Hittites in history or archeology was cited as proof that the Bible was a book of fables. Guess what the Bible was right and the critics were wrong.

Reply to  Richard Patton
August 29, 2018 3:54 pm


Many ancient texts are as accurate or more so than the Old Testament. Just from the same region, we have accurate records from many civilizations, to include Egyptian, Ugaritic, Hittite, Assyrian and the various Mesopotamian cultures from Sumer to Babylon to the Neo-Babylonians (Chaldeans), not to mention Persians.

New Testament history is surprisingly bad. The Gospels contradict each other and Roman history. Acts also can’t be reconciled with Paul’s authorship of some of the letters attributed to him, which are almost certainly second century forgeries.

But I’m convinced that the rural Galilean itinerant preacher Joshua, son of Joseph, existed, whether from Nazareth or not. He probably belonged to the Essene sect. John the Baptist also most likely actually lived.

But the more important point is that before about 800 BC, the OT is legendary (with some historical elements) and mythical. After that date, it is quasi-historical, ie recording many actual events, but naturally with spin.

For instance, the only physical evidence for the existence of David is a single stone which may or may not refer to the “House of David”. The inscription is incomplete, so archaeologists can’t be sure. No sign of the supposedly grand palace of David and Solomon has been found, despite all the digging which goes on around Jerusalem. Doesn’t mean that they didn’t exist, just that they definitely were nowhere nearly as imposing as the Bible makes out.

August 28, 2018 6:28 pm

“the pope has a “bigger agenda” to worry about, such as protecting the environment and migrants.”

A Communist Catholic Pope is buying indulgences to make his church’s sins go away.
So funneeee!

August 28, 2018 6:29 pm

So, “carrying on the work of the Church” includes sexual assault of minors by priests and bishops, then covering up what they did, and finally taking no action when the crimes have become known by the public?

Tom Halla
August 28, 2018 6:30 pm

As a former Catholic, I think this is a bigger offense than Pius and the NSDAP.

Paul Deacon, NZ
August 28, 2018 6:39 pm

I refer WUWT readers to the following websites for information on the current scandals:

I have found their reporting to be of a high standard, and have no reason to doubt the veracity of their articles.

Paul Deacon, NZ
Reply to  Paul Deacon, NZ
August 28, 2018 8:53 pm

Yes, thanks,

Alan Tomalty
August 28, 2018 6:45 pm

What else can you expect from a pedophile cult that believes in a fairy tale or pink elephant or Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz…….etc ? Take your pick.

Reply to  Alan Tomalty
August 28, 2018 8:37 pm

Dunno about pink elephant, but judging by what Jesus said would be the fate of those who harmed children, these guys sure don’t believe in him.

Reply to  anthropic
August 29, 2018 4:50 am

Or think they are really good swimmers. Millstones weigh up to 3,300 lbs.

Reply to  Alan Tomalty
August 29, 2018 10:41 am

I’m not surprised that this story would bring out those who hate religion in general and view them all the same.

August 28, 2018 6:49 pm

It was clear to me days ago: The Church is now corrupted beyond redemption, and have zero moral authority at this point, if they even ever did…which is appears they did not: That we found out recently does not mean they used to have moral authority, it just means they were a collection of psychopaths, scammers, criminals of various and sundry nature, and COMPLICIT in evil acts by evil people that went on and on and on, but had kept the extent of it under wraps.
Dissolve the Catholic Church, sell all the property and award it to the victims,
Let the Vatican be a refugee camp, and the church buildings shelters/holding areas for illegal aliens awaiting trial or deportations.

Legally they are now a political advocacy group.
They enjoy all sorts of tax breaks and such, which no one else in the world has.
They collect money and pay no tax, own property and pay no tax, all live and buy stuff and pay no tax.
RICO appears to apply.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Menicholas
August 28, 2018 8:11 pm

Menicholas, I think if you check there are countries in Europe that tax the population and hand it to the Church. It is compulsory.

Rhoda R
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
August 28, 2018 8:34 pm

In essence that is what the US is doing as well. They just aren’t as up front about it. Setting aside the ‘contracts’ that they have with the Church over things like ‘immigration’ settlement there is the tax exempt status. One everything the Church owns and what it does – including It’s wineries.

Reply to  Rhoda R
August 29, 2018 6:01 am

Are you advocating the end of tax-exempt status for non-profits, or the exclusion of churches from the non-profit category? I believe the latter would be Constitutionally questionable, and both politically impossible.

Reply to  Doug Ward
August 29, 2018 10:43 am

I for one am tired of letting the government decide who is a charity and who isn’t.

It’s time to end all deductions, not just the ones for charities.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
August 29, 2018 3:21 pm

Not anymore. That used to be the case in France even up to 1905 where the clergy were actually on the state payroll. The tax you may be thinking of that is applied in some countries is denomination specific. For example, if you are a Catholic, registered in your parish in Germany, the German government collects a tax of 8-9% of the total income tax paid and turns that over to the Catholic Church. If you make 50,000 euros, pay an income tax of 10,000 euros, an additional 800-900 euros goes to the church. The same applies for each denomination separately. If you are an atheist or don’t declare, you pay nothing.

Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
August 30, 2018 1:05 am

Still the case I think with the régime concordataire of Alsace-Moselle in France.

Reply to  Menicholas
August 29, 2018 3:56 pm

The Anglican Church in England is state-supported. The Queen is its head.

Which is why the First Amendment forbids an establishment of religion, ie a state-supported, established church. “Antidisestablishmentarianism” used to be the longest English word.

Carl McIntosh
August 28, 2018 6:51 pm

Mon Dieu!

August 28, 2018 7:05 pm

Sick puppies with no idea of the real world!
It brings a tear to an Atheist’s eye.

DeLoss McKnight
August 28, 2018 7:13 pm

This cardinal is about as blind and tone deaf as Helen Keller, only not as moral as she. There are a lot of good priests and laypersons in the Catholic Church, but the leadership shows the corruption that the accumulation of power ineluctably brings. Many thought that Francis might bring about the radical change that needs to occur, but he has turned out to be a modest reformer at best. He also appears to be conflicted on the child abuse scandal as much as Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II.

Reply to  DeLoss McKnight
August 28, 2018 7:42 pm

Wasn’t Helen Keller a socialist?

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Sgt
August 28, 2018 8:18 pm

I think she was a communist, as far as the Marxists and the IWW were concerned. Certainly she was in the days before Marxism evolved into the killing machine that was the USSR. Of course, don’t trust everything written at this link:

In the 30’s being a communist was quite the rage in N America. Lots of people joined. They had it rough. They are not clear what she belonged to later on. She certainly supported women’s rights.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
August 28, 2018 8:37 pm

She was a Wobblie, but also a eugenecist. So, basically, she fell for all the early 20th century fads.

I don’t know to what extent she was a Communist, like, say, Ernest Hemingway. The distinctions weren’t always hard and fast.

Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 10:45 am

Wouldn’t eugenicists have gotten rid of people like her first?

Reply to  MarkW
August 29, 2018 1:25 pm

Good point.

I guess as well as being blind and deaf, she lacked self-awareness.

John Endicott
Reply to  DeLoss McKnight
August 29, 2018 6:08 am

Why do I suspect that if one were to investigate this cardinal one would find out that he was either one of the abusers himself or he was involved in the moving of abusers around in the Church in order to cover up their crimes.

Richard Patton
Reply to  John Endicott
August 29, 2018 3:17 pm

It wouldn’t surprise me. I’m wondering if he was involved in it when he was in Argentina.

August 28, 2018 7:18 pm

Why grapple with real problems when the crowds will cheer as you bloviate over imaginary ones?

August 28, 2018 7:29 pm

The [hypocrisy] of this church knows no bounds.

August 28, 2018 7:32 pm

Francis has already shown that he considers child abuse by priests unimportant.

He kept backing the Chilean bishop who had covered priestly pederasty for decades, until finally forced to condemn the perverts after open rebellion by the devout among the oligarchs there.

August 28, 2018 7:33 pm

Each local parish has its own views. Our pastor is, and has been, fighting against the church’s ignoring of the homosexuality and child abuse in the Church that has gone on for his entire career as a Catholic priest. And he speaks out against it from the pulpit. Most Catholics, not just here but throughout the church agree with his views. The Church has had misguided Popes before as all human organizations do and will again, I am sure, in the future. It does not make the entire Church wrong, only its leadership. The leftists have attained particularly strong influence in the US Church with left leaning bishops and now a leftist Pope. What is unbelievable to many of us is that they cannot see how destructive this has been to the Church and how the leftists really are trying to destroy the Church in the false name of being charitable to all.

Our faith is one of the few of which I am aware that does not claim to be the only way to salvation which keeps me going with them. Also, since the leftist media and those in government are trying to destroy the Church, it further enhances my belief that we are closer to the truth than most other denominations. After all, He said that He came to “bear witness to the truth”.

David (nobody)
Reply to  JimG1
August 28, 2018 9:10 pm

Many Catholics have been troubled by some of the words and actions of this Pope for several years. I can confidently say without survey most Catholics are appalled by this.

Reply to  JimG1
August 28, 2018 9:28 pm

The Catholic Church was the very first to say that its way is the only one to salvation. Sorry, but what on earth could make you think differently from that fact?

Why do you imagine that the Church of Rome burnt alive so many “heretics”? Why did it sanction Charlemagne’s massacring of Germans in order to spread the One True Faith? Just for starters? How about the indigenous population of the Americas?

No offense, but where have you been for the past 2000 years?

Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 7:24 am


There have been, and are still today, many religions that say they are the only way.
I am talking about today’s Catholic Church, not that of hundreds of years ago. Today’s Catholic Church condemns no one based upon their beliefs and even allows that those who have committed atrocities may have repented at the last moment. Their position is that all are God’s children and can achieve salvation. As I said above, have they made mistakes in the past and in the present, yes, but I am talking about the actual codified beliefs of today’s Church. Unfortunately, churches, like all human organizations are made up of human people who all inherit a fallen nature.



Reply to  JimG1
August 29, 2018 10:50 am

According to legend, the young girls who saw the Virgin of Fatima also had a message that was delivered to their Pope.
The rumor has it that this message included how many more popes there were going to be. According to that rumor, Francis is supposed to be the last pope. Many have assumed that this indicated the Second Coming. Perhaps it just indicated the implosion of the Catholic Church as an ongoing entity.

Reply to  MarkW
August 29, 2018 11:04 am

Mark W

The catholic faith recognizes and includes several others such as the orthodox churches which do not report to the Pope. So perhaps that will be the new direction of the “Church” after this Pope.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
August 28, 2018 7:36 pm

Just what we need, a Pope who wants to be a trendy.

Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
August 29, 2018 7:58 am

Well, there is a prophecy from centuries ago that he would be the last Pope. It looks increasingly likely every day now.

August 28, 2018 7:38 pm

Cardinal Blase Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, has downplayed bombshell allegations that Pope Francis knowingly rehabilitated an abusive American cardinal, saying the pope has a “bigger agenda” to worry about, such as protecting the environment and migrants.

When your Progressive faith trumps your Christian one…

August 28, 2018 7:43 pm

A bishop in AZ almost got away with murder, killing a carpenter (!) in a drunken hit and run, because the DA was Catholic.

August 28, 2018 7:53 pm

The cardinal should hold a biomass for the victims. then resign

August 28, 2018 7:59 pm

Doubling down on stupid.

Crispin in Waterloo
August 28, 2018 8:08 pm

A major problem is the understanding of what constitutes “the environment”. Our environment is far more than the plants and animals and weather. It is the social, spiritual, intellectual, administrative, educational, political, ethical and physical environments within which civilisation is immersed.

“Suggesting that “talking about the environment” could be more important than fixing a broken system which failed, may still be failing to protect vulnerable children ”

Talking about the environment also means talking about the social environment within which the children are raised. The “social contract” is nurtured in the social environment; violations of the contract require corrective action, and ameliorating, recuperative interventions for those abused.

The classic error is the say that the “natural” environment somehow takes precedence over everything because “we are destroying the very foundations of life on this planet”, to quote one extremist. It is unreasonable. It is not the only aspect of the total environment in which we exist. There is far more to our “environment” than plants and critters and icebergs. Having any realistic interpretation of the term “environment” renders the monomaniacal concentration on the so-called “green” environment a terrible distraction.

It is fundamental that children realise they are citizens of this planet and they all have a right not to be abused. I do not stand up for only those children in my country of residence. This is a universal right and a universal responsibility to guarantee. Perhaps transnational organisations should face International Court judges because the crimes and the coverups are very obviously transnational. Cardinals in the USA have already been transferred to the Vatican to escape the national law. Obviously “national” is not good enough to render justice on an international scale.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
August 28, 2018 8:26 pm

My family were Roman Catholics approximately since St. Peter, if not St. Paul. No more.

Whatever good its best people may have done or are doing, it has shown itself the criminal conspiracy which its worst detractors have always claimed. It’s the very model for mafia protection rackets. But worse, since it purports to be a force for good, not for evil self-aggrandizement.

IMO the only way the Church can save and redeem itself is for Francis and his Commie fellow travelers and child rapist enablers in the Vatican to resign and beg the world’s forgiveness. Then it needs to allow married priests, like the Episcopalians and Orthodox Catholics.

The shortage of “celibate” priests, too often active homosexuals and pedophilic pederasts, is one reason why the hierarchy has tolerated abusive monsters. This problem can be solved by allowing married and female priests.

Roman Catholic priests weren’t required to be “celibate” until the 11th century, although some say the 5th century. But priests were always sexually active, with both sexes. Renaissance popes were famous for their large families. It has been a hypocritical doctrine from the git-go.

St. Paul said, “It is better to marry than to burn”. His only stricture was against more than one spouse. Although the higher standard was of course celibacy. But in the Early Church, the return of Christ was expected soon.

Europeans have already turned their backs on the Church en mass. Time for Americans to join them, IMHO. I’m too old for it to matter, but my kids, grandkids and great grandkids will end almost two millennia of obedience to the all too human, indeed often devilish, Bishop of Rome. Some of my descendants and their spouses are Protestants, Jews and atheists. It’s all good.

What matters is not what you believe or worship, but how you behave, IMHO,

The Polish Pope, Reagan’s comrade in arms in freeing the world, was a hero of mine, but now I see that even he turned a blind eye to the abuses of his institution. He can be excused because in Eastern Europe, the Communists often tarred the Church with brush of pedophilia. One of the few Communist propaganda slanders that has proved true.

Since I’ll die soon, hard to say if I’ll merit consecrated ground. No matter, there are WWII cemeteries where I can lie with my comrades of all faiths in the fight for freedom.

Reply to  Sgt
August 28, 2018 8:42 pm

After “IMHO,” please read, “And the leaders of the Church have behaved very badly indeed. Evilly.”


Mike the Morlock
Reply to  Sgt
August 28, 2018 9:35 pm

Sgt, WW2 vet, there are so few of you left. when I was growing up almost every male was a Vet. My dad his brothers, the Journeyman machinists I worked with. I hope young people still talk with you, it is the best way to learn. It was for me.


Reply to  Mike the Morlock
August 29, 2018 1:41 pm

Thanks. My kids and grandkids talk to me. They keep me as up to date as I can be.

Korean War vets are thin on the ground now, too, and even the Vietnam vets are dying off.

The VFW was in danger of dying off, too, before 9/11, with only the few Gulf War vets to fill our ranks.

There was a Marine tunnel rat from Nam in our post who related well with the WWI vets. When the last of them went to his reward, he quit hanging out with us. He had rotated home right before Tet. At Camp Pendleton, he was able to watch his platoon mates on TV during the siege of Hue.

I really admire the Vietnam vets. Most of my comrades were drafted, but more of the Vietnam vets volunteered, like my son. His son and daughter served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany, where she was an Army surgeon.

I went to college after the war on the GI Bill and achieved my goal of becoming a doctor. My dad was in WWI. The German prisoners said there weren’t any Americans in the American army because of so many immigrants like him.

Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 10:54 am

Peter was a follower of Christ before Paul was, unless you weren’t talking about the apostles.

Reply to  MarkW
August 29, 2018 1:29 pm

I was talking about when they came to Rome.

There were few Christians in Rome when Paul was executed there. Then came Peter, who is considered the founder of Roman Catholicism. At least by Catholics.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Sgt
August 29, 2018 3:43 pm

What matters is not what you believe or worship, but how you behave

Both matter. If you lack either you are doomed. Jesus addressed the first when he said those who had the actions but not the belief will be told “I never knew you,” and the apostle addressed the second when he pointed out that the demons believe and they shudder in fear.

Rhoda R
August 28, 2018 8:29 pm

Deflection. It’s easier to natter on about something, like climate change, that’s a created problem than it is to deal with a REAL problem like pedophilia in the priestly ranks. Modern day ostrich behavior.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Rhoda R
August 28, 2018 9:00 pm

What do you have against Ostriches?
They don’t do what you think they do.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
August 29, 2018 5:59 am

Unfortunately, ostrich behavior of sticking ones head in the sand to avoid looking at trouble has become an (at least American) English idiom. The fact it is based on a mistaken observation of ostrich nesting behavior is unfortunate.

Ostriches dig their nests into the soil and deposit the eggs in that depression. They stick their heads down in the hole to turn the eggs and from a distance look as though they are just sticking their heads in a hole in the ground. How that became associated with danger behavior is a mystery to me.

August 28, 2018 8:34 pm

These aren’t the only issues. The Pope appears to be a Muslim now.

August 28, 2018 8:34 pm

Rather than “Florida Kids Sue Gov. Scott Over Climate Change: You Have ‘Moral Obligation’ to Protect Us” maybe they should sue the Pope over his “Moral Obligation” to prevent the more proximate and probable hazard.

David (nobody)
August 28, 2018 8:55 pm

There were such high expectations when he became Pope. What did Christ say about the environment? What did he say about little children?

Paul Deacon, NZ
August 28, 2018 8:55 pm

I believe the “higher cause” defence of sexual predation is at least as old as the French Revolution.

August 28, 2018 8:59 pm

why do you think they call it preying?

John the Econ
August 28, 2018 8:59 pm

Yes, it’s usually more fun to deal with imaginary crisis that you can in no way be held responsible for than dealing with the real-world problems that you actually are directly responsible for.

Jeff F.
August 28, 2018 9:08 pm

“…Cupich served on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Young Adults during 2000-2003, the period when the USCCB adopted its Dallas Charter establishing procedures for handling accusation of priest misconduct. He served again on the USCCB’s renamed Committee on Protection of Children and Young People in 2005-2006. Cupich became head of the committee in 2008…”

Just scratch the surface…it only gets worse!

Dennis Stayer
August 28, 2018 9:14 pm

As a life long Catholic I am beyond disgusted and appalled with the leftist “leaders” of the Church. I have been concerned since the selection of Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals was not directed by the will of God, but by the will of men, or the other. The leadership is driven by politics not faith and I pray that the conservative leaders of the Church find a way to expel these Socialists and child predators from the Church and turn them over for prosecution.

Bill Murphy
August 28, 2018 10:27 pm

A phone call comes into the Vatican on the Pope’s private line…
“Hello, Francis, it’s Jesus of Nazereth calling. Yes, Really. I called to give you the good news. I have returned to Earth, just like I promised back in the day. Yes, it is good news. But now for the bad news… I’m calling you from Salt Lake City…”

Jeff Mitchell
Reply to  Bill Murphy
August 28, 2018 11:46 pm

Other churches have had the same problem, but not on the scale we’re seeing here.

August 29, 2018 1:01 am

Only about 4% of Catholic priests have been accused of abuse. Other denominations have similar rates, sometimes worse, but the Catholic statistics are more extensive, giving an inaccurate picture of their rate of abuse. The general male population is estimated to contain 10 to 20% active, abusive pederasts. It’s not a Catholic problem, it’s a more widespread problem of pedophiles being attracted to work that puts them in contact with vulnerable youth.

Many of the comments here are based on ignorance and prejudice, rather than facts.

Still, Francis is a disaster, and Cupich is stupid. Climage change is not a threat. Socialism is. The Church’s stand on celibacy is counterproductive; its stand on Global Warming is outright Lysenkoism. And the Church’s long-standing practice of covering up known abuse is intolerable. Francis should resign before he does more damage.

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
August 29, 2018 2:01 am

“ONLY 4%” !!! Thats 4% too much !!

Reply to  Marcus
August 29, 2018 10:58 am

Agree that even one instance is too many, however given human nature 0% is not going to ever happen.

The crime here is the actions the church has taken to protect the offending priests.

Rich Davis
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
August 29, 2018 3:52 am

I agree with much of what you say, except for the 10-20% statistic and you can’t really imagine that he would want to avoid further harm to the church?

He will have to die or be arrested by civil authorities if we are to be rid of him. Why would he resign at the moment when he’s just achieving his goals?

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
August 29, 2018 11:31 am


Well said. +100

Ed Zuiderwijk
August 29, 2018 1:07 am

Slowly but steadily Roman Catholicism is decaying into good old-fashioned paganism. Soon we may see the chapels devoted to the goddess Gaia replacing those devoted to the Virgen.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
August 29, 2018 7:49 am

Has been that way since about 325 AD

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
August 29, 2018 10:59 am

Many of us protestants believe that the Catholic devotion to Mary and the Saints is borderline paganism.

Reply to  MarkW
August 29, 2018 11:35 am

Many protestants also believe that only their interpretation of Christianity is valid and all others are bound for hell, not so today’s Catholic Church.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  JimG1
August 29, 2018 1:09 pm

The members of the Church of Omnipotent Greenhouse In Carbon (“Believe, or be chastised”) tell non-believers that they’re sending Gaia to hell, too. And people with it.
So many similarities.

Reply to  JimG1
August 29, 2018 2:17 pm

Very few protestants believe that. I’ve met more Catholics who proclaim that all protestants are going to hell, than I have met protestants with a similar belief.

Richard Patton
Reply to  JimG1
August 29, 2018 3:54 pm

Very few. And those that do (I am speaking from experience) are every bit much as “don’t question what you are told” as the Catholic church. For what it’s worth, based on behavior matching beliefs, less than 20% of either Roman Catholic or Protestants, are and were true Christians since Constantine forced everyone into the Church.

Jay Dee
August 29, 2018 2:51 am

I suppose it’s no surprise that a Catholic based organization is stalking the major gun makers. Anything to divert the conversation from the misdeeds of Catholic heirarchy.

Mike L.
August 29, 2018 3:12 am

Disgusting clap-trap. Makes me think that this idiot is wanting to deflect attention away from the pedos – could it be that he is involved? Makes me happy to be an atheist!

August 29, 2018 4:25 am

Ever notice how the mainstream media gives leftists a free pass when they (all too frequently) reveal themselves as sexual predators? Governor and US President Bill Clinton got a free pass from the press, despite his numerous sexual assaults of women over several decades. Canadian NDP leader Jack “Mehoff” Layton was caught by the Toronto police in a raid of notorious massage parlour, famous for their “happy endings”, and was given a free pass by the police AND the press.

So the media says it’s OK to be a sexual predator IF you are a leftie – maybe that’s because it is so commonplace among the left – that they’re all in it together – horny little hypocrites, blackmailing each other – “I won’t tell if you don’t tell!”

Compare this to the obsessions of the US leftist press to Donald Trump’s alleged affairs. Compared to Bill Clinton, the man is practically celibate!

And at least, like JFK, Trump allegedly goes for beautiful women.

“Bill Clinton, you were the President of the effing United States of America! Monica??? Really???”

What is it with all these lefties? Why can’t they keep it in their pants?

Are they so hard-up that the only way they can get laid is to force themselves upon women?

Or do they get a power-rush from engaging in abusive behavior?

Seems to be a problem, particularly with the political left. Maybe it’s the lack of a moral center.

Read below about “Slick Willie” Clinton and Jack “Mehoff” Layton:

“MILLWEE: He [Bill Clinton] came in [to the editing room] behind me, started hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm. He’s touching, trying to touch my breasts and I’m just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone. And I’m asking him the whole time, ‘Please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.’ And he finished doing what he was doing and walked out.”

Bill reminds me of my friend’s dachshund. When I was a kid I used to visit my genius friend Peter, and he would always admonish me to put my shoes in the closet and close the door. Seems his dog had a shoe fetish, and would make wild passionate love to your footwear if you left them in sight. Gives whole new meaning to the term “wiener dog”. If I ever encounter a dog like this again. I’m going to call him “Clinton”. 🙂

Even notice how the press gives lefties a free pass when they (all too frequently) reveal themselves as sexual predators? Canadian NDP leader Jack “Mehoff” Layton was caught by the Toronto police in a raid of notorious massage parlour, famous for their “happy endings”, and was given a free pass by the police AND the press.

michael hart
August 29, 2018 5:11 am

Perhaps no one has told him that the global warmers are always telling us to “think of the children”.
A curious reversal of roles.

August 29, 2018 5:46 am

Nah, I think child sex abuse is a tad more important than the environment.

August 29, 2018 5:49 am

Read what Jesus said: He never spoke against the high taxes of the Roman Empire, slavery,or misogyny, or or capital punishment or a host of other social ills. When he chose to criticize an institution it was the ‘church’ of his day. He was very hard on the scribes and the pharisees who took advantage of the people’s devotion to God for their own benefit. Jesus was very much a ‘get your own house in order’ sort of person.

August 29, 2018 5:57 am

That confirms my recent claims and statements that climate change positioning by the Pope were designed to deflect from child sex abuse news of the Catholic Church. sad

Coach Springer
August 29, 2018 5:59 am

Way to fill up your empty churches, Cardinal.

August 29, 2018 6:03 am

Pope wants to protect the environment? He can’t even take care of his own people.

August 29, 2018 6:49 am

I would not expect anything less coming out of Chicago.

August 29, 2018 6:58 am

Cardinal Cupich of Chicago: The Pope’s Climate Change Message is a “Bigger Agenda” than Church Child Sex Abuse

Now THERE”S a real deni*r.

Bob Burban
August 29, 2018 7:42 am

Pure evil … according to the church, Jesus apparently cared for children but seemed to disregard weather entirely.

August 29, 2018 7:55 am

Sects come and go but Christianity will always be.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Paul
August 29, 2018 12:58 pm

Not if Islamic radicals can squash it, I fear.

Richard Patton
Reply to  Pop Piasa
August 29, 2018 3:59 pm

Speaking of Christianity (not Christendom) and the Bible “This anvil has worn out many hammers” I do not fear Islam. He said, “Do not fear those who can kill the body and after that they can do nothing, rather fear Him who can throw both body and soul into heal, yes fear Him.”

Flight Level
August 29, 2018 8:33 am

How can anything green related be so downright anomalous ? I mean, is there a limit be it moral, ethical, financial, human ?

Joel Snider
August 29, 2018 8:34 am

Again – I think this guy was put in simply to enact progressive agenda – climate change is just the biggest lever.
Molesting kids? Couldn’t care less.
Probably the next step is to try and normalize THAT.

August 29, 2018 9:46 am

For every Christian believer religion is very personal. Claiming migrants and AGW are more important is nothing more than a major smoke scream to avoid reality of day to day life of parishioners. And the Catholic Church wonders why they have a hard time recruiting and are losing members.

August 29, 2018 10:52 am

Just to be fair, many of those who have been abused would not have been considered children 2000 years ago.

Pop Piasa
August 29, 2018 10:53 am

I think any priests who are truly “shepherds of their congregations” should get the flock out of the Catholic church.

August 29, 2018 11:16 am

Whatever happened to the good old days of seeing images of the Vegan Mary in reflections on cars and in knotholes of trees. I guess those were the fully suppressed news days.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  ResourceGuy
August 29, 2018 1:21 pm

These days there are some legitimate sightings of The Messiah hanging nailed to a hammer and sickle when in His Grace’s presence.

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Reply to  ResourceGuy
August 29, 2018 2:19 pm

Vegan Mary?
Are you privy to a gospel that the rest of us haven’t seen?

Reply to  MarkW
August 29, 2018 2:30 pm

The Mother of God was probably largely vegetarian, if not vegan, out of need, not choice. Except for the odd male kid goat or dead or dry nanny, animal protein other than fish would have been hard to come by. Dead donkey, maybe.

Pescatarian, I guess, thanks to Peter and his crew.

Martin Mayer
August 29, 2018 11:45 am

I predict project intense warming in this Cardinal’s future. But not on this globe.

August 29, 2018 3:40 pm

Eric Worral writes:
“I sincerely hope Cardinal Cupich walks back his disgusting comments. Church sex abuse of children is the ultimate betrayal of trust. Suggesting that “talking about the environment” could be more important than fixing a broken system which failed, may still be failing to protect vulnerable children – words fail me.”
I totally agree that this Cardinal needs to get his priorities sorted out pronto.
But three points:
Firstly, as regards ‘a broken system which failed, may still be failing to protect vulnerable children’ here is an excerpt from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report
“At the same time, we recognize that much has changed over the last fifteen years. We agreed to hear from each of the six dioceses we investigated, so that they could inform us about recent developments in their jurisdictions. In response, five of the bishops submitted statements to us, and the sixth, the bishop of Erie, appeared before us in person. His testimony impressed us as forthright and heartfelt. It appears that the church is now advising law enforcement of abuse reports more promptly. Internal review processes have been established. Victims are no longer quite so invisible.”
Most informed commentators recognise that the Catholic Church has taken huge steps to prevent child abuse occurring in the future or being covered up. No procedures are going to prevent such abuses altogether but there is widespread recognition that cases are far fewer than in the past.
Secondly, Eric Worrall refers to ‘sex abuse of children’. There is no question that children have been abused but why does Eric Worrall only mention children? Many of the most recent allegations refer to clergy abusing male adults. What has to be recognised is that much of the abuse comes from clergy who are/were homosexual predators.
Thirdly, this Cardinal has come in for widespread criticism from within the Catholic Church for his comments.

August 30, 2018 6:24 am

Francis Beckwith, a Catholic theologian, sums it up well.
Jesus: “If anyone causes one of these little ones…to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Cupich: “But Lord, that would pollute the sea & may harm the baby seals.” Jesus wept.

August 30, 2018 3:35 pm

Child abuse? Not such a problem. “Climate Change” message – a huge deal – so says the “Vicar of Christ” who sleeps in a golden bed and claims to represent someone who had “naught where to rest his head”. So says the guy who represents an organisation who tried Galileo for heresy for saying the Earth moved around the Sun and burned Giordano Bruno at the stake.

Louis Hunt
August 30, 2018 5:31 pm

The Pope’s response is like if Peter, after casting his net on the other side of the boat to catch a large haul of fish and having been asked by Jesus to “feed my lambs,” had replied, “I have bigger fish to fry.”

It is so much easier to tilt at windmills by fighting against a vague and future threat of climate change than it is to tackle a clear and present danger to our children. The first only requires talk. The second requires action. The Pope clearly prefers to talk over taking action. A true minister of Christ would be willing and able to do both.

September 3, 2018 4:01 pm

There are many people who can advocate for immigrants or global warming(?). The pope is the only one who can straighten out this awful situation. If he doesn’t do it, it won’t get done.

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