Franciscan University of Steubenville getting backlash for hosting Pro Gay apostate Bishop Blase Cupich
by Martina Moyski • ChurchMilitant.com • July 2, 2019
Catholic school getting backlash for hosting 'worst bishop in America'
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) is taking serious heat for hosting Cdl. Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, for an upcoming conference.
Church Militant has confirmed that a long-time donor of 25 years called up the school and expressed outrage after learning FUS would be featuring Cupich in late July, demanding that his recent donations be returned or else he would sue the school. The donor has given more than $100,000 to FUS.
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Voice + Vision: The National Summit for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults is being held July 31–Aug. 2. Its purpose is "to give voice to what is happening in the United States in youth and young adult ministries and propose a vision on how we can move forward."
A recent FUS graduate also emailed the university expressing anger: "I am appalled and ashamed that you would invite Cardinal Cupich to come for the conferences. He is a horrible prince of the church and has allowed too much evil to happen in the church."
The alumnus said the cardinal is "a weak man that is part of the homosexual mafia [and] doing nothing to stop the problems in the church," adding, "He … silences anyone, even priests in his diocese, that opposes the gay agenda."
Dr. Bob Rice, FUS director of masters of arts in catechetics and evangelization, who admitted to being the one responsible for the conference, responded: "The short answer is, we didn't invite him."
Rice explained that Cupich's presentation during the conference is based on his membership in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and its connection to the National Dialogue for Pastoral Ministry. In short, the USCCB invited Cupich — not FUS.
As Voice + Vision "is the first national conference on Christus Vivit, the USCCB invited all the bishops who represented the United States in the Synod for Youth," Rice said. These include Cupich, pictured first in the lineup of speakers.