Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully this isn't a pattern (although I fear it is) as we await Bishop Gossman's replacement (for Eastern NC). We desperately need a new bishop who will be more orthodox and traditional than the current moderate prelate.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

Excuse me while throw this tantrum.....Wuerl sounds like a taller version of Cardinal McCarrick.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Three good things I can say of Bishop Wuerl:

1) He's written a very good catechism.

2) He's one of the few bishops who has effectively dealt with the pederasty scandal

3) His auxiliary bishops have gone on to their own sees, and have made good names for themselves (Thomas Tobin of Pittsburgh, for one).

9:40 PM  
Blogger Brother James said...

Well, one thing's for sure, you won't see Bp. Bruskewitz assigned to Boston, L.A., or D.C. I'd love to see it, like watching film of a nuclear explosion, and just the news of such an assignment would put people screaming in the streets. Ahh, the fantasies of the orthodox..

9:52 AM  
Blogger Der Tommissar said...

Any day I can trade a McCarrick for a Wuerl is a good day.

If we could put a Wuerl clone in LA, and Albany, and Detroit and so forth, I'd consider it a good start.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure I'd agree after reading Matt Abbott's article about Wuerl at:

3:41 PM  

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