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Cardinal Cupich Dismisses the Power of Prayer in Battling the Coronavirus

Cardinal Cupich: “We can’t just pray and think things will change.”

U.S. Cardinal Blase Cupich has seemingly dismissed the power of prayer to combat the coronavirus, stating that “religion is not magic where we just say prayers and think things are going to change.”

The Archbishop of Chicago then went on to contrast faith with reason. “God gave us a brain and the gift of intelligence and we have to use it in this moment,” Cupich said in an April 9 interview with WBBM radio.

In a separate April 8 interview with ABC7, a local TV station, Cupich also said that “God doesn’t allow us to have a religion into a magic formula where we say a prayer and think things are going to go away. We have to take responsibility for our actions and we have to make sure we keep each other safe.”

Cupich said he considers it best “to stay in our home and allow this plague to pass us by.”

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