Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sow the wind, reap the "Wuerl" wind.

It was announced today that the Most Reverend Donald Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh, would succeed the retiring Theodore Cardinal McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington. People have speculated over varying degrees of changes to the archdiocese, and an improvement in bearing public witness to the Faith.

I have to admit, I was troubled by statements Cardinal McCarrick made, about not refusing Communion to Catholic politicians who favored "a woman's right to choose" (which generally means choosing abortion, as opposed to what car to drive), and prayerfully invoking the name of "Allah" in the context of a meeting with Muslims. Now, Wuerl has published some excellent catechism material, and he usually says the right things. If he does nothing else, maybe he'll use a bit more sense than the last guy.

Then again...

Wuerl has been asked if he would refuse Communion to pro-abortion politicians. "I think that the first task of a bishop is to teach," was his reply. Asked about warning against seeing movies like "The Da Vinci Code," he said he was "'not in the business' of telling people what entertainment was right or wrong for them."

Oh?

There is a story of an incident at the ancient Olympic games. An old man arrived late, and was looking up and down the rows of the arena for a seat. In the midst of a group of men from Athens, a lone viewer from Sparta recognized the man's plight, and offered his seat to the old man. His gesture was met with applause by those around him. The elder looked upon them and replied, "Yes, you Athenians know what is right, but it takes a Spartan to do it."

Call me a cynic, but I'll believe what a man does.

[UPDATE: There are reports coming in. One is found in the comments at Rorate Caeli, where "Sacerdos15" (a priest who is forced to remain anonymous, as he holds an important inside-track position in his diocese), gives a balanced summary of Wuerl's recent history. "Brother Alexis" refers to a page from the Christ or Chaos newsletter (scroll nearly halfway down), which is a scathing yet detailed review of Wuerl's performance in Pittsburgh. Matt Abbott has more. But perhaps the most blogospheric coverage -- hey, I just made up a new word! -- comes from American Papist.]

7 Comments:

At 5/17/2006 12:24:00 AM, Blogger S.H. said...

Don't know a whole lot about this guy, but what I'm reading isn't good.

 
At 5/17/2006 09:11:00 AM, Blogger David L Alexander said...

What are you reading and where?

 
At 5/17/2006 07:20:00 PM, Blogger S.H. said...

curmudgeon and whispers, and shouts...

 
At 5/19/2006 04:41:00 PM, Blogger Kevin Miller said...

You know, since Christ or Chaos also says that Pope Benedict is a heretic, I think one should take it with a 40-lb. bag of salt.

 
At 5/19/2006 07:08:00 PM, Blogger David L Alexander said...

"Christ or Chaos also says that Pope Benedict is a heretic..."

I'd like to know where he said that, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Dr Droleskey admits to fulfilling his Sunday obligation at independent or SSPX chapels, even in places where the Indult is applied. Now, if we are to assume that someone can decide on such attendance, as a matter for their own conscience, it seems to me that they disqualify themselves from evaluating the Papacy.

But hey, that's just me.

 
At 5/19/2006 09:27:00 PM, Blogger David L Alexander said...

To amend what I said earlier...

Concerning the Christ or Chaos piece, what matters in the end is the substance of the written piece, not who wrote it. After all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

 
At 5/19/2006 10:35:00 PM, Blogger Kevin Miller said...

David: I agree about a stopped clock. Still, if I actually want to know what time it is, I'm gonna go looking for one that's running. And if I want an evaluation of whether someone is a good Catholic bishop, I'm gonna go looking for a commentator whose understanding of "good Catholic" is fully the Church's.

 

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