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Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago has said that pastors should respect the consciences of all Catholics who approach the sacraments.

Speaking to reporters at the Synod of Bishops, the archbishop invoked the authority of conscience in answer to a question about whether Catholics who are divorced and remarried should be allowed to receive Communion. “If people come to a decision in good conscience then our job is to help them move forward and to respect that," he said. “The conscience is inviolable and we have to respect that when they make decisions, and I’ve always done that."

Responding to a follow-up question, the archbishop said that the same logic would apply to homosexual couples who approach the Eucharist.

Questioned about the proper role of pastors in helping Catholics to form their consciences properly, in light of Church teachings, Archbishop Cupich said: “My role as a pastor is to help them discern what the role of God is by looking at the objective moral teaching of the church and yet at the same time helping them through a period of discernment to understand what God is calling them to at that point."




  1. Mario Martins Reply

    Absoluteley right,conscience on the reception of this Holy Eucharist is very important ,and it should be given freely and as an act of a good faith by the priest.No one should be denied Jesus in the Eucharist.It ultimatley will be Gods judgement on this which is perfect.Every case is somewhat different,church must open the doors to all Catholics who trully desire to be partakers of the holy sacraments,after a period of conscience study and penitence.

  2. Mario Martins Reply

    I am a Catholic and shall remain so ,because i love beeing that.This Archbishop Cupich is so right when it comes to our conscience for the reception of the Holy Eucharist.The Church must open the doors to every Catholic who trully desires to received Christ in it.The church should not deny them this right.Ultimatley its Gods wish that everyone be given freely his love and approach him in this holy sacrament .Denying it is like denying them Christ himself.

  3. Tom Lucente Reply

    How is this different than the heresy of relativism?

  4. Joe Reply

    Are you kidding me? You cannot receive the Eucharist in the state of mortal sin. Period.

    1. Mario Martins Reply

      mortal sin?? oh yes mortal sin iknow of so many catholics approaching receiving this holy sacrament,in that state……………well guys out there if you are trully genuine there is reconciliation at hand for mortal sin as Gods great mercy and it is a reconciliation from the heart and not just a sort of casual meeting with God himself……………….yes i trully believe,in this good cardinal who trully sees beyond ARROGANCE and DECEIT.May GOD bless our POPE and all merciful cotributers to our beautifull merciful Catholic faith…AMEN ……….

    1. Mario Martins Reply

      Pope Francis said: dont be fooled by the doctors of the law,who diminish G0DS LOVE,,,,,,,,WHEN A PERSON desires to love God and receive him in the Holy Eucharist,in a state of grace having admited sin,,,,,,,who on earth has the right to deny that person GOD ALMIGHTY??????????? I am telling you those who do so (the doctors of the law ) will also receive true judgement for their every thought intentions and sins….AMEN…………………..

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