2015 Archive

  1. December 27

    Homily for opening of the Jubilee of Mercy

    Joined with the church throughout the world, we opened this Jubilee Year of Mercy by opening a door called holy.

  2. December 13

    Let the Jubilee of Mercy Begin!

    On December 8, Pope Francis will begin the Jubilee of Mercy by opening the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. This Sunday, December 13, Holy Doors in cathedrals around the world and at our own Holy Name Cathedral will be opened to express the universal need for mercy. Opening a door is an invitation to cross over, to enter a different space. As the Holy Father wrote earlier this year, the new space we are invited to enter is a life shaped not by laws but by mercy, or in Latin, misericordia.

  3. November 29

    Moments of crisis can bring the best out of us

    Antoine Leiris lost his wife, Helene Muyal-Leiris, in the Paris terrorist attacks on Nov. 13. She was killed in the raid at the Bataclan concert hall, leaving behind her husband and their 17-month-old son, Melvil.

  4. November 15

    Synodality: Pope Francis calls for a new way of being church

    This is a second article in a series of reports on the Synod in Rome, which I attended in October.

  5. November 1

    Further reflections on the Synod

    Now that I am back from the Synod in Rome, I want to put a few thoughts down on paper, and hope to add to them in time.

  6. October 18

    Reflections on the Synod

    The first week of the Synod on the Family has come to a conclusion. In the course of this week, I have shared a brief video reflection on each day's progress. Now, I would like to share with you some reflections on the entire week and the beginning of the synod.

  7. October 4

    Archdiocese must adapt to changing landscape

    Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, these are exciting days for the church in America with Pope Francis inspiring Catholics and non-Catholics alike during his visit to the United States. From the very beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has continually called us to missionary discipleship.

  8. September 20

    Homily for Marriage Jubilee Mass

    Each morning when I rise, even before my prayer and meditation, I have to spend time stretching. My joints, muscles and ligaments seem to get tighter as each year goes by. Sound familiar? But, I also have to deal with the impact of some trauma following a car accident some years ago, that seemed to destabilize my lower back, making stretching all the more necessary.

  9. September 6

    Archbishop Cupich’s pallium Mass homily

    By the simple yet solemn act of placing the pallium on my shoulders, you Archbishop Viganò, have demonstrated the singular and important service you offer to the church as a representative of the Holy Father.

  10. August 9

    Op-ed in Chicago Tribune

    The release of videos of Planned Parenthood physicians discussing the market for tissue harvested in abortions has produced varied and strong reactions, and has, ironically, given us a reason for hope and an opportunity as a nation.

  11. July 26

    The gift of rest

    Summer months traditionally offer us a slower pace, time off, vacation from work and regular routine, and hopefully some rest and relaxation to rejuvenate our bodies and spirits. Life can become so full and frenetic with activity, fragmenting us as we try to give attention to all the demands placed on us or that we place on ourselves.

  12. July 12

    Archbishop's statement on Supreme Court rulings

    This week the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings with particular meaning for the Catholic Church.

  13. June 28

    Archbishop's remarks for press conference on the environmental encyclical, Laudato Si'

    Thanks for coming today (June 18) — although we had to schedule our news conference to go after another, smaller event that took place earlier in the day just south of here — I very much appreciate your taking the time to be here.

  14. May 31

    Homily from Mass honoring beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero

    Archbishop Oscar Romero: “If they kill me, I shall rise again in the Salvadoran people”

  15. May 17

    Celibacy: the 'one more thing'

    This past Saturday (May 9) I ordained five men to the transitional diaconate. Next year, God willing, they will be ordained priests for our archdiocese.

  16. May 3

    Homily to jubilarian classes

    On the morning of April 17, the day Cardinal George died, I was at Mundelein Seminary to celebrate the Mass for our priest-jubilarians (25th and 50th anniversary classes). This was perhaps the lastMass celebrated in the Archdiocese of Chicago at which his name was included in the Canon. As I was thinking about what to write about the cardinal this week, I realized that, although my homily that day was directed to the jubilarians, my words also spoke of his priestly ministry among us, as did theevent that honored the service of our jubilarians. In future columns I hope to offer further reflections on the life and legacy of Cardinal Francis George. For now, I want to share with you my homily from the jubilarian Mass as a tribute to him and to those we honored the day he died.

  17. April 19

    Catholic-Jewish relations
    Cultivating the good seed others have sown

    Earlier last month I was privileged to present some opening remarks at the 20th anniversary of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lectures at DePaul University. Cardinal Bernardin himself inaugurated this series and gave his “Jerusalem Lecture” in 1995 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The topic was anti-Semitism — a topic of no small interest then and now.

  18. April 5

    Our contribution to the Synod of October 2015
    The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization

    This October, bishops from around the world will gather in Rome at the invitation of Pope Francis to address issues related to the challenges facing families. This three-week meeting will continue the discussion begun last fall at the Extraordinary Synod.

  19. March 22

    Remarks for Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Roundtable

    Comprehensive immigration reform is not just about rights of individuals but the good of families, and because it is about the good of families, it is about the good of neighborhoods and cities. What we have seen over the last several years is families being split apart by deportations, thus weakening our nation’s social fabric as it weakens immigrant communities.

  20. March 8

    The common thread of dissenters

    In Rome last month for the consistory at which our Holy Father created new cardinals, Cardinal Donald Wuerl penned a very incisive commentary, which I reprint here with his permission. The cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C., puts into historical perspective the resistance some have openly expressed toward the new direction Pope Francis is offering the church. He does so by recounting other moments of opposition to papal teaching.

  21. February 22

    Chicago: an impressive city

    Today, I want to begin with a question many have asked me since arriving last November. What do you think of Chicago? What is your impression of Chicago?

  22. February 8

    Remarks from Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast

    We are here today because of what happened 130 years ago this past fall. The bishops of the United States, 75 in all, met for the Third Council of Baltimore from Nov. 9-Dec. 7, 1884, and among other things decreed the following with regard to Catholic schools:

  23. January 25

    Some anniversaries marked but not celebrated

    The year was 1973. George Steinbrenner bought the New York Yankees for $10 million and Secretariat was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1948. The U.S. involvement in Vietnam ended with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords and President Nixon visited China.

  24. January 11

    New Year’s resolutions

    Some years ago, when I was a seminary rector, I realized that some adjustment was in order when the faculty and I evaluated the suitability of seminarians for Holy Orders. The question was: Should this man be ordained a priest?