Archbishop-Designate Cupich Returns to Chicago

SHAFAQNA – There’s lots of questions surrounding the incoming Archbishop of the Chicago Archdiocese, not the least of which will be where he will live.

Bishop Blase Cupich arrived back in Chicago Monday for meetings with the Catholic Extension Society, which serves the poorest Catholics across the country.

He could take up residence in Cardinal Francis George’s Gold Coast mansion, but he told NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern that he hasn’t committed to living anywhere just yet.

“I’m going to use your television vocabulary and say, ‘Stay tuned,'” Cupich said.

Archbishop-Designate Cupich Back in Chicago

[CHI] Archbishop-Designate Cupich Back in Chicago
9/22/2014: NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern Speaks to Blase Cupich one-on-one as he arrives back in Chicago.

Wherever he decides to live, it’s likely to be an upgrade. Cupich currently lives in a one-bedroom apartment in the seminary on Gonzaga University’s campus in Spokane, Washington.

“Wherever I live, I want to be in a place where I can get some rest and feel the support of people who are around me,” Cupich said.

Cupich’s appointment is concerning to some conservative Catholics who criticized his decision to ask seminarians to stop praying at an abortion clinic.

But Father Michael Pfleger said Monday he likes what he’s heard so far about Cupich.

Holy Name Cathedral Parishioners React to New Spiritual Leader

[CHI] Holy Name Cathedral Parishioners React to New Spiritual Leader
Parishioners at Holy Name Cathedral say they’re sad to see Cardinal Francis George retire, but they’re ready to welcome Bishop Blase Cupich home.

“I think he’s got to begin with what he said — listening. Listening to people. Hearing what the greatest needs of people are, where are people most hurting,” Pfleger said.

Cupich was striking the same tone on Monday.

“You’ve really got to know people. You’ve really got to know where their problems are, not to go in with pre-conceived ideas,” Cupich said.


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