Wuerl Denies Prior Denials Denied Knowledge of McCarrick Seminarian Abuse

Just when you thought it could not get any crazier…. this from CNA: Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Washington, DC priests Saturday that he appropriately handled a 2004 allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The cardinal also said that his recent denials of knowledge concerning McCarrick’s alleged misdeeds pertained only to the sexual abuse of minors. … Read more

The Unraveling of Wuerl’s Lies

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 … Read more

Outspoken Critic of Abuse Crisis Muzzled by Superiors

Fr. Mark Goring, an outspoken critic of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis, has been silenced by his superiors. The chastisement came shortly after Fr. Goring posted a video saying that Cardinal Wuerl needs to remove himself from public ministry. The video, entitled “Cardinal Wuerl, Get Out”, (which was subsequently removed from YouTube) was in response … Read more

Catholics Outraged by Cardinal Wuerl’s Presence at March for Life Rally

Catholics are outraged by a scandal-ridden cardinal taking center stage at the national March for Life. For 25 years, the archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has hosted a Youth Rally and Mass for Life on the day of the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. While the archbishop of the diocese generally presides over the Mass, many Catholics … Read more

Cardinal Wuerl’s Fake Resignation?

Two months after Pope Francis accepted Donald Wuerl’s resignation for his alleged involvement in the cover-up of sexual abuse, it appears to be “business as usual” for Wuerl in the Archdiocese of Washington DC. wo months ago, Cardinal Donald Wuerl stepped down early from his position as archbishop of Washington, faced with a Pennsylvania grand … Read more

What Begins in Bad Theology Ends in Police Raids

Prosecutors busting into chanceries is the new normal under Pope Francis. 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 … Read more

Reflections on the Bishops in Baltimore

How long can they deny the obvious? As I walked outside the hotel in Baltimore where the bishops gathered last week for their semiannual conference, I noticed a couple of bishops taking a smoke break. One was puffing a cigar, the other a cigarette. I overheard one say to the other: “What do you think of … Read more

Cupich and Wuerl Collaborated on Alternative Sex Abuse Proposal

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and … Read more

New Church, New Faith, New Pope

In 2013 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor told Paul Vallely of The Independent, “Four years of Bergoglio would be enough to change things.” In a story published in March 2017, LifeSiteNews quoted from a speech given by former cardinal Theodore McCarrick that there was a pre-conclave plan to elect Jorge Bergoglio as the one who could “reform … Read more

D.C. Archdiocese Runs Ad on CNN Praising Wuerl’s ‘Accomplishments’

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 … Read more