Matt C. Abbott
A Kalchik, Cupich showdown looming?
By Matt C. Abbott
July 15, 2019

From (July 11):
    In spite of backlash from Catholics, Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) is doubling down on plans to host Cdl. Blase Cupich at an upcoming conference....

    Steubenville faced outcry after Church Militant reported that Cupich would be a featured speaker at Voice + Vision: The National Summit for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults, scheduled for July 31 – Aug. 2. The Chicago cardinal is in fact pictured first in the speaker lineup.

    His planned presence has resulted in a flood of emails and phone calls from angry students, alumni and supporters, including one longtime donor of 25 years who is demanding that his money be returned to him, even threatening to sue if FUS fails to do so....
Click here to read articles that illustrate the heterodoxy and arrogance so often displayed by Cupich over the past several years.

In two highly controversial decisions last year, Cupich removed Father C. Frank Phillips as pastor of St. John Cantius Parish (click here to read about that situation) and Father Paul Kalchik as pastor of Resurrection Parish (click here to read about that situation).

Kalchik, who's quite familiar with FUS and spent seven years with the Franciscans, is considering publicly confronting Cupich at the conference.

"Perhaps it's time to have a showdown," Kalchik said in an email to me. "Like many men, I have a bunch of questions to ask Cupich if given the opportunity."

(It should be noted that Monsignor Dennis Lyle and Father Jeremy Thomas – the two vicars for priests who, acting on behalf of Cupich, showed up last year at Resurrection Parish to remove Kalchik – "alluded to Kalchik's death when he continued to refuse to leave with them," according to a Sept 22, 2018 story at

Stay tuned.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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