We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.
Pope Francis, "A Big Heart Open to God," America Magazine, September 30, 2013.
Some have already rushed to the defense of Archbishop Cupich by saying he was not trying to downplay the Planned Parenthood scandal, but trying to draw our attention to other, er... um...
And see, here is the problem. Other what? It has to be Things That Are Just as Bad or Worse. Go down that slimy trail and you inevitably level everything according to cultural, i.e. worldly, notions of evil, or what are known as "social issues." You have taken off your Catholic and put on your social justice warrior.
Cupich did downplay abortion, and further provided a smokescreen of incense-smelling political correctness for Planned Parenthood to hide behind. There is no way around this conclusion.
Humanly speaking, you're going to come up a loser every time you take any specific horrific event and "try to put it into context" by listing a half-dozen "social issues" like some scolding schoolmarm. Archbishop Cupich would not dare say, "These shootings in Charleston are bad, but they're no worse than unemployment, or immigration." Why? Because he recognizes the truth of what the Bear said. If he did that, the culture would exact a terrible and well-deserved personal penalty for such an insensitive comment.
Cupich knows he can say whatever he wants about abortion and the culture will pat him on the head.
Just like his boss.