Shepherds of Souls or Keepers of Secrets?

An independent investigation into the German Diocese of Trier’s handling of sex abuse allegations recently made headlines after concluding that “successive bishops” covered up acts of abuse by predatory priests.  The investigation cites examples of priests like Father Edmund Dillinger, who, shielded by multiple bishops’ cover-ups, escaped punishment and went on to abuse 19 victims from 1961 … Read more

Hush Money? Disgraced Cardinal Wuerl Received Over $4 Million from Archdiocese of Washington Since His Ouster.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl continues to receive substantial payments from the DC archdiocese since retiring in disgrace over his mishandling of sex abuse, though the amounts have declined following media scrutiny. The retired archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has received over $4 million from the archdiocese for his “continuing ministry activities” since 2020. According to … Read more

McCarrick Report at Odds with Wuerl’s Claims of Ignorance

The McCarrick Report sheds new light on when former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, knew of allegations made against his predecessor, and what steps he and Vatican officials took to monitor or restrict McCarrick’s travel and residence. The 450-page report, published on Tuesday, examines the “institutional knowledge and decision-making” regarding Theodore McCarrick, the former … Read more

NOT ONE BISHOP has Come Forward to Denounce Cardinal Wuerl’s Deceit

Will the U.S. bishops issue a formal censure of Cdl. Donald Wuerl for lying about his knowledge of Theodore McCarrick’s conduct and the restrictions imposed on him? This is the question Church Militant posed to U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Public Affairs Director Judy Keane, as the bishops convened this week in Baltimore for their … Read more

Bishops to Return ‘Gifts’ from Disgraced Bishop Bransfield

Several cardinals, bishops, and priests, have said they will return money given to them by Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, the former head of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, after an article published by the Washington Post reported lavish spending and gift-giving by the West Virginia bishop. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the Vatican Prefect of the Dicastery for … Read more

Viganò Corroboration #13: Report Released By McCarrick’s Former Secretary Confirms Viganò’s Testimony

Newly released letters vindicate Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, proving that Pope Benedict imposed restrictions on Theodore McCarrick and that Cdl. Donald Wuerl knew of these restrictions, in spite of his claims to the contrary. They also prove that McCarrick ignored those restrictions. Correspondence published Tuesday by Msgr. Anthony J. Figueiredo, former personal secretary to McCarrick when he … Read more

Guess Who’s Coming To My Installation?

At the “installation” of Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington this afternoon, eyebrows were raised when disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony was spotted near disgraced Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the sanctuary. Tweeted by Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein, it is a telling sign of where the Archdiocese of Washington is headed. Following his step down … Read more

So Long, Cardinal Wuerl

221 days after Pope Francis accepted Wuerl’s resignation, he is officially replaced by Wilton Gregory. Today marks Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s long-awaited arrival in Washington, D.C. But while all eyes and expectations are focused on the new man in the capital see, some thought should be spared for the one he replaces: Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Between … Read more

How Cardinal Wuerl Misled the Papal Foundation

In 2017, Cardinal Donald Wuerl provided false and misleading information to the board of the Papal Foundation to secure a $25 million grant for the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a scandal-plagued hospital in Rome. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin requested this grant from the Papal Foundation in June 2017, on behalf of Pope … Read more

Wuerl, The Flesh and The Devil

The burning question is why Wuerl was in a position to make a fool of himself in so public a manner. He had tendered his resignation to Pope Francis last October. According to Condon (CNA, Jan. 19), “Francis seemed to accept Wuerl’s resignation as archbishop with reluctance, and he heaped praise on the cardinal while he … Read more