Cupich asserted that those who disagree with Pope Francis “don’t like him because he’s a Latino.”
With that statement, Cupich declared that Viganò along with the prelates who have backed him up are racists, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, and Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.
At the same time, Cupich also declared that every single lay Catholic who supports Viganò is a racially-motivated bigot.
Deflecting attention away from the substance of Archbishop Viganò’s testimony, which raises serious questions regarding Pope Francis’ pontificate, Cupich told NBC’s Chicago affiliate, “The Pope has a bigger agenda.”
“He’s got to get on with other things,” Cupich continued, such as “talking about the environment and protecting migrants.”
Cupich characterized Viganò’s testimony as a “rabbit hole,” meaning it is a worthless distraction from more important things.
But most stunningly, Cupich then succumbed to the most base of political attack tactics and played the race card.
Rod Dreher pointed out the absurdity of Cupich’s claim:
Seriously, this liberal cardinal played the race card. Good luck explaining why an Italian archbishop, Carlo Maria Vigano, is prejudiced against Jorge Mario Bergoglio because he’s an Argentine-born son of Italian immigrants.
Cupich is mentioned in Viganò’s testimony as one of the prelates whose rise to power can be credited to pederast ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Regarding Cupich, one cannot fail to note his ostentatious arrogance, and the insolence with which he denies the evidence that is now obvious to all: that 80% of the abuses found were committed against young adults by homosexuals who were in a relationship of authority over their victims.
During the speech he gave when he took possession of the Chicago See, at which I was present as a representative of the Pope, Cupich quipped that one certainly should not expect the new Archbishop to walk on water. Perhaps it would be enough for him to be able to remain with his feet on the ground and not try to turn reality upside-down, blinded by his pro-gay ideology, as he stated in a recent interview with America Magazine. Extolling his particular expertise in the matter, having been President of the Committee on Protection of Children and Young People of the USCCB, he asserted that the main problem in the crisis of sexual abuse by clergy is not homosexuality, and that affirming this is only a way of diverting attention from the real problem which is clericalism. In support of this thesis, Cupich “oddly” made reference to the results of research carried out at the height of the sexual abuse of minors crisis in the early 2000s, while he “candidly” ignored that the results of that investigation were totally denied by the subsequent Independent Reports by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2004 and 2011, which concluded that, in cases of sexual abuse, 81% of the victims were male. In fact, Father Hans Zollner, S.J., Vice-Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, President of the Centre for Child Protection, and Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, recently told the newspaper La Stampa that “in most cases it is a question of homosexual abuse.”