Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago — who is participating in the Synod of the Family at Pope Francis’ personal invitation — said at a press scrum in the Vatican press office this afternoon that the conscience is “inviolable“ and that he believes divorced and remarried couples could be permitted to receive the sacraments, if they have “come to a decision” to do so “in good conscience“ – theological reasoning that he indicated in response to a follow-up question would also apply to gay couples.
During the lengthy press briefing, the archbishop also spoke approvingly of the so-called “Kasper Proposal,” which would permit divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion in some cases. Cupich explained that he had distributed Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book, The Gospel of the Family, in which the cardinal had laid out this proposal, to all of the priests in his diocese.
“In Chicago I visit regularly with people who feel marginalized: the elderly, the divorced and remarried, gay and lesbian individuals and also couples. I think that we really need to get to know what their life is like if we’re going to accompany them,” he said.
When asked to give a concrete example of how he would accompany the divorced and remarried in their desire to receive the sacraments, Cupich replied: “If people come to a decision in good conscience then our job is to help them move forward and to respect that. The conscience is inviolable and we have to respect that when they make decisions, and I’ve always done that.”
When asked by LifeSiteNews if the notion of accompanying people to “the Sacrament” who had a clear indication of conscience to do so also applied to gay couples in the Church, Cupich indicated an affirmative answer.
“I think that gay people are human beings too and they have a conscience. And my role as a pastor is to help them to discern what the will of God is by looking at the objective moral teaching of the Church and yet, at the same time, helping them through a period of discernment to understand what God is calling them to at that point,” he said. “It’s for everybody. I think that we have to make sure that we don’t pigeonhole one group as though they are not part of the human family, as though there’s a different set of rules for them. That would be a big mistake.”
Archbisop Cupich had previously responded to a question, in December 2014, about giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, saying he would “not use the Eucharist or as they call it the communion rail as the place to have those discussions or weigh in which people would be either excluded from the life of the church.”
How many organized religions will just put a wafer in their mouth? A dry wafer that could be nothing more than styrofoam. They forget the price that I paid. There is no repentence of sin first. They drink of the wine and they said words of rote repetition. There’s no heart given to ME. And the audacity when another puts the wafer in the other’s mouth and he calls himself a Bishop. And he calls himself the pope. You cannot do this for another! A communion is one on one. Now I don’t speak of those who are invalids, those who need the help of others to put the bread in the mouth or the cup to the lips. For their hearts are in the right place as long as the one, who is giving the communion, heart is in the right place. Tell them, feed MY sheep. Tell them. Pick up this weapon that has been long discarded but do not do it with unclean lips. Do not do it with a spirit of unrepentence. Do not do it as a mere ritual. Words written by another man. Give ME your hearts. And I will speak forth MY Words. Do not do it while you’re in sin! Otherwise you’re drinking damnation unto yourselves! Where is the fear? Where is the fear?
How many I see and they no longer fear. They stay in their sin. They take the communion cup with sinful lips. I am faithful to forgive. But never do this with an unrepentent heart for you’re only drinking damnation. You are only drinking of curses. Come to ME with a repentent heart. Ask ME to forgive you of your sins. I am faithful and I am merciful and just one drop of MY Blood, just one drop of MY Blood can save all of humanity if they had just received ME. Just one drop of MY Blood. And look how much more I gave.
I, YAHUVEH/YAHWEH, say, I’ve had enough, the battle has been raging for so long. Did I not say, ‘In these days before the time of Jacob’s Trouble, the Great Tribulation, the Holy would become more Holy and the unholy more unholy.’ (Prophecy 90, “What is the Name of the RUACH ha KODESH?”)
Now they dare call themselves ‘Christians’. They say, ‘Don’t worry about sinning. I guarantee you Heaven anyway.’
And now this reprobate, reprehensible man of lawlessness and of the antichrist spirit, Elton John, tries to reassure all in the homosexual community and those who dare call themselves Christians, ‘Don’t worry. JESUS CHRIST was one of you. Homosexuality can’t possibly be a sin for you see Jesus Christ was sinless.’ And yet they speak of ME and don’t even know the Holiness of MY Son YAHUSHUA, and they speak of MY Holy Scriptures and yet serve satan with all that is in them.