There is a synergy between the way Croatians approach life and the way Jesuits do. Croatians are very real about situations. We don't gloss over things. If there are issues to deal with, you deal with them.

Blase J. Cupich

Blase J. Cupich

Profession: Bishop
Nationality: American

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We don't need more divisive language or programs and policies that are going to tear the fabric of the nation apart.

I was really grateful to have a chance to have some really in-depth study about the power of language using a philosopher who taught at the University of Chicago by the name of Paul Ricoeur. I'm really happy to be in Chicago because a lot of what I do is rooted in his approach to language.

I would say the synodal church is like the word itself. It is 'a going on the way together,' and it is a way - whenever people walk, there are people who have been that way before who know that others have been that way before, and so they try to give direction.

It's important for people to give every leader the chance to step forward and look for ways to have dialogue.

We budget quite a bit of money every year in order to assist people who are migrating here, people who are trying to enter into our society and be a part of the American dream.

The church can challenge society, but society also challenges the church. That's good. We should be humble enough to be able to accept that.

This business of demonizing or pre-defining people by the way they look, the religion that they practice, or where they came from is not only un-American but it's going to hurt America.

I take time to be with people, and I learn a lot.

Our schools must be places where all are respected and the values of tolerance and peacemaking are taught and nurtured.

Some pro-life advocates focus almost exclusively on the rights and suffering of the unborn baby, while some pro-choice advocates focus equally exclusively on the rights and suffering of pregnant women. This is a distortion of the moral choice that confronts us as a society.

We Catholics have been in the forefront in defending the dignity of the human person. Clericalism is a direct violation of human dignity.

We have always wanted to make sure that we start the conversation by saying that all people are of value and their lives should be respected and that we should respect them.

We are called to care for those sickened by pollution, house those displaced by environmental calamities, and heal the spirits of those - especially our youth - who are disheartened by a world where human survival is now in question.

Radical individualism can be very sad.