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RAPID CITY, S.D. ( - A bishop is calling a Catholic apostolate "evil" for being critical of Cdl. Blase Cupich.

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Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota issued a statement to be read from all parish pulpits the weekend of Feb. 9–10 condemning the apostolate Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF).

"Recently there have been ads in the Rapid City Journal paid for by a Mr. Steven [sic] Brady, founder and president of Roman Catholic Faithful," Bp. Gruss notes. "According to their website, Roman Catholic Faithful claims to be a network of faithful laity, investigators and attorneys whose goal is to rid the Catholic Church of clerical corruption."

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RCF is coming to Rapid City to meet with local Catholics and discuss Cdl. Cupich's previous tenure there. Cupich was bishop of the Rapid City diocese from 1998 to 2010. Bishop Gruss' statement defended Cdl. Cupich as "an effective leader and shepherd" and accused RCF of being "guided by the Evil One" for trying to "destroy the reputation of Cdl. Cupich."

Church Militant contacted Stephen Brady of RCF, who said in an email Tuesday, "So much for transparency! It seems if you raise any questions about the credibility, orthodoxy or legality of anything the hierarchy does, you're doing the work of Satan."

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Brady continued, "These guys expect a free rein to do whatever they would like to do within the hierarchy. No matter how many souls are destroyed, they cannot be challenged — it drives them crazy."

He noted that Bp. Gruss' condemnation has done little but drum up more support in the diocese for RCF.

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"He gave us an opportunity," Brady commented. "He sent more supporters our way by what he did....
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