On August 29, 2018, Cupich spoke to 200 seminarians at Mundelein Seminary. One seminarian told the Cardinal he was “sick” and that he “couldn’t sleep” because of the sex abuse allegations. Cupich, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, responded by saying “I feel very much at peace at this moment. I am sleeping OK.” Multiple sources informed the Sun-Times that Cupich also told the group that, while the church’s “agenda” certainly involves protecting kids from harm, “we have a bigger agenda than to be distracted by all of this,” including helping the homeless and sick.