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Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - SaintRafael - 04-03-2012

Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis
By George Neumayr on 4.3.12 @ 6:08AM

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/04/03/cardinal-wuerls-continuing-cri

"Denouncing me through surrogates will not make it go away.

Last week I reported that Cardinal Donald Wuerl's communications director, Chieko Noguchi, lodged a complaint with my editor. I did not object to the fact of the complaint; I objected to its form: an attempted traceless phone call. By contrast, I noted that Cardinal Roger Mahony's old pit bull, Tod Tamberg, nipped at my heels in plain sight. Tamberg sent a letter to TAS, signed it, and placed his title below his name. That's more honorable than a record-less phone call designed to silence me.

Critics of my column, such as Ed Peters, a canon lawyer from the archdiocese of Detroit, say that my complaint about the complaint resembles the very thin-skinned whining I bemoan in Cardinal Wuerl. No, it doesn't. I welcome Cardinal Wuerl's criticism. I invite him to write a formal letter of complaint, and I urge TAS to publish it in full. Moreover, TAS offers readers a comment box in which readers can launch limitless attacks upon my pieces.

Cardinal Wuerl's silence is deafening. He still hasn't commented directly on his baldly unjust "administrative leave" order to Fr. Marcel Guarnizo. Nor has he explained to the faithful why Barbara Johnson, the self-described practicing lesbian and Buddhist to whom Fr. Guarnizo properly denied Communion, enjoys a canonical right to the sacred species.

Perversely, Cardinal Wuerl has at once violated the canonical rights of a faithful priest while inventing out of thin air a "policy" that orders his subordinates to distribute the Eucharist to anti-Catholic activists and defiant mortal sinners. In his apology to Barbara Johnson, via one of his auxiliary bishops, Cardinal Wuerl rebuked Fr. Guarnizo for a lack of "pastoral" sensitivity. This is Cardinal Wuerl's euphemism for priestly action that takes orthodox teaching and discipline seriously.

The word "pastoral" should make the faithful groan at this point. It is one of the great weasel words of the "spirit of Vatican II" Church in America. The word "pastoral" invariably dribbles from the lips of bishops like Cardinal Wuerl who regularly expose their flocks to wolves. Jesus Christ said that the "good shepherd" watches the gate. Cardinal Wuerl's "policy" is to leave it wide open for the Church's fiercest enemies. This is why the Pelosis and the Barbara Johnsons just keep coming up for Communion. Since Cardinal Wuerl refuses to control the sacrament, they will.

Notice that "pastorally sensitive" bishops produce very few pastors (by punishing orthodox priests like Fr. Guarnizo, they cause vocations to dry up); they scatter flocks through feeble and slippery catechesis; and they provide plenty of cover for wolves in Catholic clothing, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who wade into the Communion line and tout their "Catholicism" on the campaign trail while slam-dunking secularism over feckless and compromised bishops.

"Do not scatter pearls before swine," Jesus Christ said. "Do not give what is holy to dogs." How pastorally insensitive of the Son of God! A Church official who has watched Wuerl's persecution of Fr. Guarnizo with horror commented to me that if Jesus Christ had served in Cardinal Wuerl's archdiocese "he would be on administrative leave too." Unlike the Cardinal Wuerls, Christ didn't felt the need to play patty cake with the enemies of the Church. He liked struggling sinners but not unrepentant ones who seek to defile his temple.

It amazes me that a clericalist culture of toadying and flattery still exists in American Church circles, given the scandals into which the bishops have routinely plunged the faithful. I have no desire to participate in this worldly game of ring-kissing in which the Cardinal Wuerls wallow. They enjoy the trappings of their office without actually exercising it for the good of souls. They demand 13th-century obedience while behaving like 21st-century flakes who play church in costume and staff.

As St. Augustine said, God does not need our "lies." He needs our truth-telling, even if that truth-telling means wounding the egos of derelict successors to his disciples.

The aforementioned Ed Peters suggests that I am guilty of canonical offenses for criticizing Cardinal Wuerl. I mentioned this to another canon lawyer. He laughed openly, dismissing the charge as clericalist bluster.

The faithful have not only a right but a duty to resist heterodox bishops. Without that resistance clericalism runs amok and the integrity of the faith is lost.

Last week I was called the journalistic equivalent of Hugo Chavez -- a "right-wing fanatic, a man whose dogmatism is as scary as the authoritarians on the left." Perhaps I should complain to the bishops' Catholic anti-defamation group, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. But, wait, I can't: the statement above comes from the Catholic League's head, Bill Donohue, who added that he has "known Cardinal Wuerl for about 25 years" and that he "got me involved in the Catholic League."

It all sounds very chummy. An "anti-defamation" league that defames orthodox Catholics as "authoritarians" is exactly what one would expect from one of Cardinal Wuerl's clericalist tentacles. I apologize for nothing and repeat that he is guilty of a gross dereliction of duty. He has damaged the reputation of an innocent priest while emboldening the Church's enemies. This is a scandal which cries out to Pope Benedict XVI for correction."






Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Titus Alba - 04-03-2012

Same ol' same ol' in the church these days.  Barf.  No thanks.  I'm glad for my Society chapel.  SSPX may not be perfect, but it's as good as it gets as far as I can tell.


Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Lee Timmer - 04-03-2012

What I will never understand is people who continually moan and complain about why members of the hierarchy don't stop things like this. It's really simple: THEY AREN'T CATHOLICS! They're wolves dressed as sheep, and they know exactly what they're doing. They don't have good intentions despite what some people say. Fruits, people (in more ways than one). These modernists (and their predecessors) are a type of Trojan virus that was unleased years before Vatican II. And what does a Trojan virus do? It infects by changing or deleting.


Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Gerard - 04-04-2012

(04-03-2012, 11:22 PM)Lee Timmer Wrote: What I will never understand is people who continually moan and complain about why members of the hierarchy don't stop things like this. It's really simple: THEY AREN'T CATHOLICS! They're wolves dressed as sheep, and they know exactly what they're doing. They don't have good intentions despite what some people say. Fruits, people (in more ways than one). These modernists (and their predecessors) are a type of Trojan virus that was unleased years before Vatican II. And what does a Trojan virus do? It infects by changing or deleting.

God can change all of that when He decides to change hearts.  Humanly it's impossible to see a way out.  But God will save things through surprising conversions and amazing confluences of events.  If Card. Wuerl had a genuine conversion it would be a real damaging blow to the Church's enemies and Wuerl would have the benefit of saving his soul. I'm not expecting it, but I would not be surprised if God pulls one of His classic tactics by reaching right into the enemy stronghold and shaking it up by choosing His vessel from among His enemies. 

Neumayr is doing heroically Catholic work by exposing Wuerl's scandalous attitudes and behavior.  Wuerl will have no excuse before the Judgment seat of God because of Neumayr as opposed to sycophants like Bill Donohue who are unjust and political instead of Catholic.





Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Mithrandylan - 04-04-2012

Quote:"Do not scatter pearls before swine," Jesus Christ said. "Do not give what is holy to dogs." How pastorally insensitive of the Son of God! A Church official who has watched Wuerl's persecution of Fr. Guarnizo with horror commented to me that if Jesus Christ had served in Cardinal Wuerl's archdiocese "he would be on administrative leave too." Unlike the Cardinal Wuerls, Christ didn't felt the need to play patty cake with the enemies of the Church. He liked struggling sinners but not unrepentant ones who seek to defile his temple.

I wonder who this "Church official" is.  Sad that he must comment under anonymity if he wants to share a Catholic view.  This is the new religion, folks.

Also, can someone tell me what TAS stands for?

Oh, and, this:

Quote:Neumayr is doing heroically Catholic work by exposing Wuerl's scandalous attitudes and behavior.  Wuerl will have no excuse before the Judgment seat of God because of Neumayr as opposed to sycophants like Bill Donohue who are unjust and political instead of Catholic.

Also, for those interested, a website devoted to exposing Wuerl the wolf: http://www.awuerlofhurt.com/


Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - jovan66102 - 04-04-2012

(04-04-2012, 02:25 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Also, can someone tell me what TAS stands for?

'The American Spectator a conservative monthly review.


Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Richard C - 04-04-2012

Oremus et pro Antistite nostro Donaldus. Stet et pascat in fortitudine tua, Domine, in sublimitate nominis tui.

O Lord, how long?


Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Clare Brigid - 04-04-2012

I'm so glad that Mr. Neumayr is standing his ground.  The best line is the one about 13th century obedience demanded by 21st century flakes. 


Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Lee Timmer - 04-04-2012

Bill Donohue is a phony. That is all.


Re: Cardinal Wuerl's Continuing Crisis - Philippus - 04-04-2012

(04-04-2012, 12:22 PM)Lee Timmer Wrote: Bill Donohue is a phony. That is all.

Do you have any evidence of this? I may not have been paying attention too closely, but I am thoroughly disappointed in his website posting on the subject. I know Neumayr personally, and he is a fine upstanding Catholic. I cannot believe Mr. Donahue took sides with Cardinal Wuerl. I wonder where most of his donations come from and if it is possible to see who pays him to say what he does.