McCarrick Out as Bishop of Washington, D.C.
Is replacement a clone?
The good news is the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick as bishop of the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., which encompasses the national capitol and part of Maryland. The Pope has had Cardinal Ted’s (hey, if “Father Bill” is acceptable, why not Cardinal Ted?) resignation since he turned 75 last July.
The bad, or at least the unknown, news is his replacement might be as namby-pamby as McCarrick.
The new archbishop is the current Ordinary of Pittsburgh, Bishop Donald Wuerl, who grew up in Steel Town. Rick Santorum, the purported pro-life senator from Pennsylvania (he backed pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter over a pro-life rival in last year’s primary) said he expected Wuerl's personal style to be similar to McCarrick's in that Wuerl clearly avoids making his position clear on some of the more contentious issues of the day.
"I don't think you're going to find the bishop weighing in to the political scene in a lot of ways. He never did in Pittsburgh and I don't think he'll do so here even though politics is the center of this town," Mr. Santorum said.
So, like his predecessor, I guess we can assume His Excellency won’t be excommunicating pro-abortion politicos or forbidding them from receiving Holy Communion.