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  • [Catholic Caucus] Apostolic nuncio, not Wuerl, will celebrate Mass for Life

    01/17/2019 8:20:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 16, 2019 | Christine Rousselle
    Washington D.C., Jan 16, 2019 / 11:20 am (CNA).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl will not celebrate the Jan. 18 Mass for Life, to be held at a youth rally before the annual March for Life. Wuerl was until today scheduled to be the principal celebrant of the Mass.  In his stead will be Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, the Archdiocese of Washington announced on Wednesday.  Pierre will be joined by Washington auxiliary bishops Mario Dorsonville and Roy Campbell, who will represent the archdiocese. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life takes place the morning of the annual March...
  • [Cath Cauc]Wuerl apologizes to priests ..., says he forgot he knew about harassment allegations

    01/16/2019 8:50:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2019 | Michelle Boorstein
    D.C.'s embattled Catholic leader, Donald Wuerl, under fire in recent days for untruthful statements regarding what he knew about the alleged sexual misconduct of his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, apologized late Tuesday, saying he forgot he knew about the allegations and that it was “never the intention to provide false information.” Wuerl apologized to former priest Robert Ciolek in the evening and then sent a letter to the priests of the archdiocese, where Wuerl is the acting administrator. Pope Francis received Wuerl’s retirement as archbishop earlier than expected last fall as the cardinal was being pummeled by criticism over his handling...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl. Wuerl asks for ‘understanding’ after evidence shows he lied about McCarrick

    01/15/2019 1:05:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Doug Mainwaring
    Cdl. Wuerl asks for ‘understanding’ after evidence shows he lied about McCarrick WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a January 12 letter addressed to the priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl offered no apology for months of deceitful statements denying his knowledge of sex abuse allegations against disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Instead, he asked for “understanding.” The letter (read full letter below) comes after news last week that Wuerl was deceitful about his knowledge of sex abuse allegations against McCarrick, further vindicating the testimony from former Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò on who knew about...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis and Sexual Abuse. The Pope Who Knew Too Much

    01/15/2019 6:39:17 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    Francis and Sexual Abuse. The Pope Who Knew Too Much Pope Francis has already made it clear for some time how he judges and how he intends to address the question of sexual abuse among sacred ministers. As a problem not primarily of sex but of power, not of individuals but of caste, the clerical caste.He gave this to be understood in the letter on this question that he addressed to the “people of God” on August 20, 2018, in which he never mentions “sexual abuse” on its own, but in the combination of “sexual abuse, the abuse of power...
  • [Catholic Cauchus] The Unraveling of Wuerl’s Lies

    01/13/2019 9:58:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 13, 2019 | George Neumayr
    Long before he concealed McCarrick’s misconduct, he had done the same for his mentor. In the latest revelation about Donald Wuerl — that, contrary to his claims of ignorance, he knew about McCarrick’s misconduct for at least 14 years — he emerges as the amoral but self-protective bureaucrat, undone by his own pass-the-buck-style record-keeping, which gives a grimly ironic dimension to his downfall. Wuerl’s policy wasn’t one of zero tolerance but of zero legal exposure, and toward that end he needed to keep records of complaints he had received and transmitted to the papal nuncio.
  • [Catholic Caucus] What Begins in Bad Theology Ends in Police Raids

    12/03/2018 9:46:03 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 2, 2018 | George Neumayr
    What Begins in Bad Theology Ends in Police Raids Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, whose Galveston-Houston chancery was raided this week by prosecutors in search of abuse-related files, always struck me as a pretty haunted and compromised figure. DiNardo came out of Pittsburgh and the corrupt milieu of Cardinal John Wright, who was an accused pederast and a mentor to such slimy prelates as Donald Wuerl. Google DiNardo and Cardinal Wright and a creepy picture comes up of a young DiNardo sitting next to Wright in a white tuxedo. Wright liked to dress his seminarians up in such attire, just as Wuerl...
  • What a Web Theodore McCarrick Weaved

    11/11/2018 3:50:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 11, 2018 | George Neumayr
    And his cronies, even at this late hour, still practice to deceive. Ever since Theodore McCarrick’s exposure as a molester earlier this year, his cronies, patrons, and protectors have downplayed his squalid crimes. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, his successor who sent underlings to work for him even after learning of an investigation into his abuse, pooh-poohed the McCarrick scandal. “I don’t think this is some massive, massive crisis,” he said. Now Fr. John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, which conferred honors upon McCarrick before his scandal, warned Catholics this week not to turn McCarrick into a “monster.” Jenkins cast McCarrick’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Who Will Succeed Cardinal Wuerl?

    10/28/2018 1:03:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 28, 2018 | George Neumayr
    In late September, I started getting calls from concerned Catholics in Newark, New Jersey that Cardinal Joseph Tobin “had an Italian actor living at his cathedral basilica rectory.” The callers identified the actor as Francesco Castiglione. They said that Castiglione has been taking English and voice classes at Seton Hall University, and suggested that he is the real recipient of Tobin’s infamous accidental tweet from earlier this year. (“Nighty, Night baby, I love you,” Tobin wrote to someone whom he claimed later was one of his sisters; the sister has never published proof of receiving the tweet.)I then called up...
  • DC Attorney General Launches Investigation Into Catholic Church Abuse Cover-Up

    10/23/2018 6:51:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/23/18 | Christine Niles
    WASHINGTON ( - The attorney general for the District of Columbia announced Tuesday he's opening a criminal probe into clerical sex abuse cover-up. Karl Racine made the announcement Tuesday at a breakfast with elected officials. It comes one day after his office set up a sex abuse hotline to report crimes committed by priests in D.C., and less than two weeks after Cdl. Donald Wuerl announced that the pope had accepted his resignation. Wuerl has come under intense fire over the past several months ever since the 884-page Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed Wuerl took part in protecting predator priests,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] D.C. Archdiocese runs ad on CNN praising Cdl. Wuerl’s ‘accomplishments’

    10/16/2018 12:34:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 16, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    D.C. Archdiocese runs ad on CNN praising Cdl. Wuerl’s ‘accomplishments’ WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Archdiocese of Washington purchased advertising on CNN’s website to promote Pope Francis’s complimentary regard for outgoing Cardinal Archbishop Donald Wuerl - paid for through its communications office, which gets financial support from Catholics in the pews.  The ad is flagged by CNN at the top with the message, “Paid Content,” and a disclaimer appears beneath the archdiocese’s own headline, resembling a sub-headline, stating, “Sponsored by the Catholic Standard.” The Standard is the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Washington. Journalist George Neumayr...
  • Cardinal Wuerl Is Out... Or Is He? For the love of all that is holy, Pope Francis, man up!

    10/15/2018 8:12:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/15/2018 | Megan Fox
    Embattled Cardinal Wuerl is finally out after Pope Francis accepted his resignation. Wuerl was named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing him of being responsible for shuffling known predator priests around. In one egregious case, he allegedly paid off a priest who was involved in a child porn ring. It is disturbing to many Catholics that Wuerl is being allowed to retire with all his benefits after so terrible a cover-up, but at one point it was debatable whether he would even resign. USA Today reported: "A Vatican statement Friday said Francis had accepted Wuerl’s resignation, but named no...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Fall of the Gay Mafia’s Don

    10/14/2018 4:57:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | October 14, 2018 | George Neumayr
    The Fall of the Gay Mafia’s Don The Pope’s glowing words won’t save Wuerl. He will end his days in disgrace. Some of Donald Wuerl’s priests called him the “Tin Man,” a reference to his cold, heartless style as the archbishop of Washington, D.C., a position from which he has now formally resigned, though outrageously Pope Francis is permitting him to continue as an “apostolic administrator” until his successor arrives. It is hilarious that Wuerl became arguably the most powerful American cardinal in the “pastoral church of Pope Francis,” given that Wuerl is the least pastoral prelate imaginable. He instinctively...
  • Pope: Wuerl Can ‘Justify’ Actions Sheltering Predator Priests

    10/14/2018 6:59:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/12/18 | Bradley Eli
    Francis downplays Wuerl's culpability for sinsPope Francis is saying that Cdl. Donald Wuerl's actions in protecting predator priests — actions that destroyed the spiritual lives of many and the physical lives of some — were justified as simply "mistakes" made in good faith. In his letter accepting the resignation of Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C., Francis said in a letter Friday, "You have sufficient elements to 'justify' your actions and distinguish between what it means to cover up crimes or not to deal with problems, and to commit some mistakes." These "mistakes" were in actuality crimes, and Wuerl's name...
  • [Cath Cauc] Francis’ glowing send-off of Wuerl signals he’s ‘not the Pope to clean out the stables’

    10/12/2018 2:17:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 12, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Francis’ glowing send-off of Wuerl signals he’s ‘not the Pope to clean out the stables’: scholar WASHINGTON, D.C., October 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis’ praise of Cardinal Wuerl for his “nobility” and “docility to the Spirit” in his letter accepting the Cardinal’s resignation signals that Francis is “not the Pope to clean out the stables” of the abuse crisis that is rocking the Church, a Catholic scholar said.  Oxford University’s Dr. Joseph Shaw told LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis’s Oct. 12 letter accepting Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation “makes it very clear” that he doesn’t want to punish his subordinate.  “In...
  • Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

    10/12/2018 7:23:51 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 October 2018 | AP
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. But in a letter released by Wuerl’s office, Francis praised his longtime ally and suggested Wuerl had unfairly become a scapegoat, having made some “mistakes” in handling sex abuse cases, but not having covered them up. With the resignation, Wuerl becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced...
  • Pope accepts resignation of Pittsburgh-native Cardinal Wuerl

    10/12/2018 3:51:18 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    WPXI ^ | October 12, 2018
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl who is implicated in the sex abuse cover-up scandal. Wuerl, the former bishop of Pittsburgh, has been scrutinized since the release of a grand jury report on child sex abuse by priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses. He was named nearly 200 times for his alleged involvement in the cover-up. Wuerl served as bishop for the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006. After the August release of the grand jury report, calls for his resignation began. In light of the grand jury report and a petition,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] 80 US Bishops Want Viganò‘s Claims Investigated

    10/05/2018 8:22:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 4, 2018 | David Nussman
    80 US Bishops Want Viganò‘s Claims Investigated DETROIT ( - A new site is tracking how American bishops have responded to the McCarrick scandal, and where they stand on the idea of an independent investigation. Church Transparency lists all the dioceses in the United States, the respective bishops and how the bishops have responded to the bombshell testimony of Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Viganò claims that Pope Francis lifted sanctions that Pope Benedict XVI had imposed on ex-Cdl. Theodore McCarrick, an alleged homosexual predator. On the website, prelates fall into one of four categories, based on their response to...
  • Abuse settlement from 2005 with Cardinal Wuerl’s name raises questions

    09/29/2018 8:37:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 9-29-18 | Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has said repeatedly that he didn’t know about years of sexual misconduct complaints involving his predecessor in the District, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was named in a 2005 settlement agreement that included allegations against McCarrick, according to the accuser in the case and documents obtained by The Washington Post. Robert Ciolek, who left the priesthood and later became an attorney, spoke for the first time publicly this summer about the $80,000 settlement he reached in June 2005 with three New Jersey dioceses over his allegations against McCarrick and a teacher at his Catholic high school. McCarrick led...
  • [Cath Cauc] Monsignor Rossi, Wuerl’s Gay Mafioso at the BasilicaThe American Spectator

    09/21/2018 10:10:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | | George Neumayr
    Why is this accused gay predator still running the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception? The other day I received a call from a former Catholic University of America student who recounted episodes of sexual harassment that he suffered at the hands of Monsignor Walter Rossi, the Gay Mafioso whom pederast Cardinal Theodore McCarrick appointed to run the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2005. Rossi succeeded another accused gay harasser, (then monsignor, later bishop) Michael Bransfield who is currently under investigation for preying upon men. So in Rossi’s rise we see another case of gay...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Wuerl arrives in Rome to discuss resignation with Pope Francis

    09/17/2018 5:58:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, September 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Donald Wuerl arrived in Rome today, just one week after telling priests of the archdiocese of Washington that he intended “in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, on November 12, 2015.” The Cardinal’s flight touched down at Rome’s Fiumicino airport this morning shortly before 8 a.m. local time, sources confirmed.  Last week, in a letter dated Sept. 11, Cardinal Wuerl, 78, told priests of the Washington archdiocese that: “It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later,...