uly 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has named Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to serve as a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the Vatican office that recommends to the Pope candidates to be appointed bishops. The move has alarmed traditional-minded Catholics since Cupich has shown himself to be an extremely liberal bishop.
In this role, Cupich will now exercise one of the most prominent roles in deciding who to appoint as new bishops in the United States. Cupich is said to have been hand-picked by Pope Francis for his prominent position as Archbishop of Chicago.
Cupich will join Washington, D.C.’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who Pope Francis named to the congregation in December 2013 while at the same time removing Cardinal Raymond Burke. Burke had been credited with influencing several strong appointments to U.S. sees in the latter years of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate.
The news of Cupich’s appointment has been met with consternation by many U.S. Catholics because Cupich is a prominent “progressive” who has earned frequent criticism for his actions on issues such as life and family.
When he was the bishop of Spokane, Washington, Cupich requested that priests and seminarians of his diocese not participate in 40 Days for Life prayer vigils outside abortion facilities.