Chicago archbishop calls for mercy, creativity

Catholics must strive to show mercy toward non-traditional families, according to Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich.

Speaking after receiving his pallium from the papal nuncio to the United States, the archbishop described the Church as “a community that goes after the lost sheep”, and said that the task for the Church is “not just to find them and bring them home but to lift them up high, to shoulder level, where they can begin to see and live a new life, a life of faith”.

Just as St John XXIII “called the entire Church to a fresh appreciation of the ancient teaching of the medicine of mercy”, he said today’s Church should be “open to new avenues and creativity when it comes to accommodating families, particularly those who are broken, those who have suffered” 

In doing this, Dr Cupich said, Catholics should “not settle for solutions that no longer work, expressions that no longer inspire, and ways of working that stifle creativity and collaboration”.