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  • 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,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] All Roads Lead to Washington, D.C.

    09/13/2018 7:32:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 13, 2018 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    All Roads Lead to Washington, D.C. For those interested in the latest news, we bring you our summary: 1) Bishop Michael Bransfield resigned and the resignation was accepted.  Bransfield served for 24 years at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., most of the time as rector. He was then ordained a bishop, choosing Theodore McCarrick as co-consecrator. 2) Archbishop William Lori, who ran the Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) throughout the 1990s (holding several high-level positions, including moderator of the curia and auxiliary bishop), will investigate allegations against Bishop Bransfield.  During Bransfield's time at the...
  • Real story behind Cardinal Wuerl's departure

    09/12/2018 12:42:45 PM PDT · by Shark24 · 22 replies ^ | Sept 12, 2018 | NEUMAYR
  • BREAKING: Washington Cardinal Wuerl going to Rome to discuss resignation with Pope

    09/11/2018 6:38:16 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 52 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 11, 2018 | John-Henry Westen
    WASHINGTON, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In a letter released today to priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl has informed them that he intends, “in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, November 12, 2015.” "It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect” of moving forward, the letter said. The embattled Cardinal of Washington has been under the spotlight since the revelations of sexual abuse of his predecessor Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal...
  • Pope to meet US bishops Thursday over abuse scandal

    09/11/2018 5:46:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 11, 2018 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY — With the Catholic Church in crisis once again over clerical sex abuse and cover-up, Pope Francis will meet Thursday with U.S. cardinals and bishops who are demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians. The Vatican said Tuesday that the U.S. delegation would be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and also include Francis' top sex abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O'Malley. Di Nardo has said he wants Francis to authorize a full-fledged Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal...
  • Why Cardinal Wuerl Placed Me on the Basilica’s Most Wanted List

    09/11/2018 9:20:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 11, 2018 | George Neumayr
    I learned from a chancery-connected source last week that Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, choking on his rage at my reporting of his misdeeds, ordered security staff at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the crown jewel of his archdiocese, to call the police immediately whenever its officials saw me upon its premises. I got my hands on Wuerl’s Most Wanted List at the Basilica and my photo figures prominently on it. (Click here.)The “confidential” document addressed to the Security Office under the subject “Current Photos of Barred Individuals” states: “If any of these people are...
  • CNN catches Cardinal Wuerl in lies over sexual abuse cover-up

    09/11/2018 8:23:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 10, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    WASHINGTON, September 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted a reminder last week of his August video that caught Cardinal Donald Wuerl denying grand jury report evidence he covered up clerical sex abuse as bishop of Pittsburgh. The 900-page Pennsylvania report documents over 1,000 allegations dating back decades against 300 priests in the state’s six dioceses, and mentions Wuerl over 200 times. The report has led to ongoing, widespread calls for the Archbishop of Washington to resign, but as clips from Tapper’s video show, Wuerl defends his record in statements that flatly contradict the report’s findings. “Did you ever...