Finally, word from a regular e-mailer of ours. Someone close to the Department who actually has the spiritual well being of the police as his ministry:
It looks like the outrage should be directed to Michael Sneed at the Sun-Times, not Archbishop Cupich. You may remember she threw one of our officers under the bus a few months ago over autographed memorabilia to be auctioned off at a charity golf outing. She was kind enough at that time to issue a correction the next day, once she knew the whole story. I hope she'll do the same in this case, based on following clarification issued by the Archbishop's office:
From Archbishop Cupich:
We would like to provide clarification and context regarding media reports describing Archbishop Cupich's parish visit on Sunday, December 7.
First, the Mass was at St. Clement Parish in Chicago, not Holy Name Cathedral as reported.
Second, the Archbishop spoke to the issue that at times each of us is overwhelmed in life by circumstances. It is that experience that is at the origin of the prayer posture of raising our hands to God. This is a posture called orante. It is used in the Mass and indicates our total dependence on God.
The Archbishop noted that today people are raising their hands in frustration that the circumstances in their lives may be overwhelming due to their perception that the system of justice does not work for them. The Archbishop invited congregants to join him as he raised his hands in prayer during Mass at the end of the General Intercessions--to demonstrate our total dependence on God, to express our prayer for others in need, and to join in solidarity with those who experience frustration in life.
By doing so, rather than perpetuating inaccurate details of an incident in Ferguson, MO, we are transforming this gesture into an expression of how much we depend on God's grace in difficult times.
Well, we suppose Sneed has some 'splaining to do, but as all media types do, it'll be on a Saturday when no one reads it. A rather unfortunate convergence of symbols we'd say, possibly some tone-deafness on the part of the archbishop saddled with some unscrupulous verbiage from Sneed.