The first, and not the worst, is why he felt he needed to bring perspective to the matter, or whatever he thought he was doing. The Planned Parenthood scandal is a legitimate and powerful news story involving the killing of babies and sale of human body parts on an industrial scale. He didn't write to express shock and condemnation. So why say anything at all, at least in connection with this particular news story?
Is he distancing the Church from the issue of abortion? Perhaps he views abortion protestors as unwashed fanatics who cause bad press? Or is he providing cover for Planned Parenthood for some reason? (The political realities of the Church in this country are hardly debatable.) Did he view this atrocity as a "teachable moment" to articulate his own "seamless garment" argument? The Bear can't even guess why he did it, but doing it now was a colossal lapse in judgment.
More troubling still is the manner in which he did it. There is something cold and unnatural about the need to make abortion no more troubling than a laundry list of other social policy issues. Employing precise violence to destroy an unborn baby's body so you can maximize your profit from sale of its tiny organs provokes visceral horror in a normal person.
Reading an unemployment figure is troubling. Racism is deplorable. Immigration is a complicated policy issue with real stakes for this country. The death penalty is rare here, permitted by the Church, and objections to it are in any case a novelty.
None of these social policy issues -- and that's what they are, not atrocities -- provokes the horror of a doctor clinically dismembering a tiny baby so she can sell off his parts. Moreover, while abortion is perfectly legal and most abuses are winked at, in social justice terms, the United States of America is hardly North Korea.
Unemployed individuals receive benefits. Our government is grappling with the broader issues in its own, imperfect way. Unemployed people are not hauled into the street and dismembered by taxpayer-funded killers.
There are still a few racists in this country, and no doubt always will be. However, racism is no longer institutionalized, and, in fact, we have long had laws to prevent discrimination. Black people are not routinely torn apart. (Except before birth, by abortionists; in New York City, more black babies are aborted than are born alive.) Planned Parenthood's patron saint is arch-racist Margaret Sanger. Then there is President Obama, an odd head of state for a deeply racist country.
Since the death penalty was reestablished in 1976 in the United States, 3000 persons have been executed. Every one of them had the opportunity for a fair trial and was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt of taking the life of one or more victims. States are abolishing the death penalty -- Illinois, for example, in 2011.
However, 51,212,954 babies have been aborted since 1970. And are you opposed to war, too, Archbishop Cupich? Every year, babies aborted in your country equal all the American casualties in all wars combined. Every day more babies are aborted than people were killed on 9/11.
So 3000 murderers executed after a fair trial (and the Bear was a death penalty lawyer, so he knows what he is talking about) versus 51,212,954 innocent babies simply butchered. To put it another way, all the persons executed in the United States since 1976 equals the number of babies aborted in a just one day.
Even prisoners who are executed are not ripped limb from limb, but by law must be killed humanely.
That, Archbishop Cupich, is some perspective for you, if you crave perspective.
The identifying feature of psychopaths, the intraspecies predators, the Ted Bundys of the world, is their inability to feel empathy. It's all the same to them. When the Bear reads a laundry list of social justice issues that are somehow supposed to be equivalent to the revelations about Planned Parenthood, he imagines cold eyes and a brain that is not processing information the same as his does.
Perhaps the focus on "issues" by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has made them a political action committee instead of a Church. Perhaps the need to be always politically correct has suppressed natural human emotions.
It's all on the checklist, never mind if it's written on the back of the butcher's bill.