EPISCOPAL SODOMY: LADONNA CARDINAL WUERL MUST GO!

EPISCOPAL SODOMY: LADONNA CARDINAL WUERL MUST GO!

by Church Militant  •  August 14, 2018    

Donald Wuerl — the cardinal-archbishop of Washington, D.C. — must go.

The kingpin of the American hierarchy — a man who over the decades has carefully and meticulously cultivated an image of reformer has now been exposed as a fraud — just as guilty as scores of other bishops in the U.S. who hid and shuffled around homosexual predator priests and concelaed them from law enforcement officials.

The long-awaited bombshell Pennsylvania Grand Jury report is out, released in dramatic fashion — live streamed by the attorney general’s office — and Donald Wuerl has now been revealed as one of the major players in the decades-long cover-up of child sex abuse during his time as bishop of Pittsburgh.

The senior American prelate’s name appears more than 160 times in the report.

Despite his carefully manufactured facade over the years as being a leader of the “zero tolerance” policy, what is now clear is that he was complicit in shuffling priests around in what he himself termed a “Circle of Secrecy.”

In one of the more than half million pages of internal Church documents the grand jury reviewed, Wuerl himself had noted in those documents that the Church’s child sex abuse cover-up was a “circle of secrecy.”

Wuerl was publicly condemned by PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro as one of the Pennsylvania bishops who had covered up abuse and was then promoted.

In the case of one notorious homosexual predator priest, in 1966, Wuerl gave his approval for the priest to transfer to California without adequately informing them of the priest’s long history of sexual assault against minors.

The diocese of San Diego, where the priest went, contacted Wuerl and said the insurance carrier wanted the following question answered: That Father has “not had any problems involving sexual abuse, any history of sexual involvement with minors or others, or any inappropriate sexual behavior.”

The grand jury charges that Wuerl did not provide the full truth to San Diego regarding the priest.

Wuerl did not suspend his faculties. And the priest continued to enjoy the support of Wuerl and the diocese. The priest Ernest Paone had been abusing children for 41 years, and yet was never removed from active ministry.

Likewise, as the reports of the initial homosexual priest sex abuse problem was exploding across the nation’s headlines from Boston, the grand jury report charges that Wuerl communicated nothing of the criminal homosexul assaults of Paone to the district attorney’s office.

The report goes on to add, “In spite of Wuerl’s statements to the Vatican, the clear and present threat that Paone posed to children was hidden and kept secret (by Wuerl) from parishioners in three states. Wuerl’s statements had been meaningless without any action.”

The grand jury also noted regarding Wuerl that it was only the “external force” of the media reports “that generated the action (by Wuerl) which should have occurred decades earlier” — referring to the removal of Fr. Paone’s faculties.

In another case directly implicating Wuerl, Fr. George Zirwas, a Pittsburgh priest found murdered in his apartment in Havana, Cuba in 2001 by a male prostitute, had been accused of sex abuse as early as 1987.

When Wuerl was first installed in 1988, he received complaints that Zirwas had fondled a 16-year-old boy’s genitals.

In the same month, Wuerl received a second complaint from a male complaining Zirwas had groped him when he was 17.

Wuerl sent Zirwas away for treatment, and then placed him back in active ministry, where he was shuffled from parish to parish for another decade.

In spite of receiving yet another complaint about Zirwas in 1991, with a male victim claiming Zirwas had groped him, Wuerl left him to continue in active ministry.

Even more disturbing, Zirwas was connected to a priest pederast ring that involved drugs, alcohol and sadomasochistic acts involving whips and chains used on two teen altar boys, this taking place partly under Wuerl’s tenure.

This is what the grand jury report says about that:

During the course of this investigation, the Grand Jury uncovered a ring of predatory priests operating within the Diocese who shared intelligence or information regarding victims as well as exchanging the victims amongst themselves. This ring also manufactured child pornography on Diocesan property, including parishes and rectories. This group included: Zirwas, Francis Pucci, Robert Wolk, and Richard Zula. This group of priests used whips, violence and sadism in raping their victims.

The boys specially chosen for the priests’ abuse were given gifts of gold crosses, which allowed the priests to identify which ones had been groomed for abuse.

According to the grand jury report, the diocese under Wuerl knew about the priests’ sordid activities but volunteered none of this information to the police or prosecutor during the investigation.

In fact, Wuerl even agreed to give Zirwas a higher payout in exchange for Zirwas’ silence about other homosexual predatory priests in Pittsburgh.

The grand jury report notes that in 1996, Zirwas demanded that his monthly pay be increased in exchange for his statement disavowing all knowledge of other predator priests’ illegal sexual conduct. Zirwas signed the statement, and Wuerl gave him a bonus payout — in addition to the monthly stipend Zirwas was already receiving from the diocese.

In an interview with CBS News earlier today, before the release of the grand jury report, Donald Wuerl was asked point blank if he should resign.

Nikki Battiste: “Some people have called for your resignation. Do you have any plans to resign?”

Cdl. Wuerl: “It goes back over 70 years, so I think we have to be realistic and say, this claim goes back over decades and decades.”

Yesterday, in anticipation of the reports released today, Wuerl has the gall to issue this statement: “I was bishop during that period of time, I think that’s why I’m involved at all. I was bishop there for 18 years. There’s no charge at all that I was involved in anything.”

That statement is either delusional or a flat-out lie.

There are charges, specific charges contained directly in the grand jury report that he was involved in any number of sordid issues.

What now remains to be seen is if other American bishops will now call on the Vatican to strip Wuerl from the College of Cardinals, as Pope Francis did with Cdl. McCarrick.

The Pope himself has issued a zero tolerance policy with regard to bishops who covered up sexual abuse of minors by homosexual clergy, and Donald Wuerl is now the poster boy for this whole seedy, demonic affair.

Donald Wuerl must go. The U.S. bishops have no choice on the matter but to begin calling for his immediate resignation, followed by removal from the College of Cardinals.

The moment of truth has arrived for U.S. bishops.

Either they are serious about cleaning all this up — as their flood of statements the past few days claim they are — or they are hypocrites afraid to damage their careers by calling for the downfall of the most powerful cardinal in the American Church.

Stay tuned to Church for continuing coverage, and to see which choice the American bishops make.

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9 comments on “EPISCOPAL SODOMY: LADONNA CARDINAL WUERL MUST GO!

  1. He needs to go to jail and give up and or sell his 40 million dollar penthouse, on Embassy Row ! But I bet you the weasel escapes!

  2. “The moment of truth has arrived for U.S. bishops.

    Either they are serious about cleaning all this up — as their flood of statements the past few days claim they are — or they are hypocrites afraid to damage their careers by calling for the downfall of the most powerful cardinal in the American Church.”
    /
    Really? The moment of truth has long-since arrived with Vatican II and the imposition of the new Mass with all of the abuses attendant to it. They must think we are all fools.

  3. Pittsburgh’s Bishop Zubik: ‘There Was No Cover-Up’

    by David Nussman • ChurchMilitant.com • August 14, 2018

    Defends himself and his predecessor Cdl. Donald Wuerl in light of PA grand jury report

    PITTSBURGH (ChurchMilitant.com) – The same day as the Pennsylvania grand jury released its massive report on Catholic sex abuse cover-up in six dioceses, the bishop of Pittsburgh defended his handling of sex abuse allegations.

    Bishop David Zubik said during a question-and-answer session Tuesday afternoon, “There was no cover-up going on” in the diocese of Pittsburgh. He clarified that he was referring to what he has observed in his roughly 30 years of affiliation with the diocese.

    When then-Bishop Donald Wuerl headed the diocese, Zubik worked under him in several capacities, eventually becoming auxiliary bishop in 1997.

    Zubik’s name appears dozens of times in the grand jury report in connection to priests accused of sex abuse. For instance, Zubik signed a letter to Fr. Ernest Paone, an accused homosexual predator, indicating that Bp. Wuerl had approved Paone’s transfer to the diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “On November 20, 1991, Zubik wrote to Paone to confirm that Wuerl had approved his new assignment,” the report notes.

    Zubik had sent Wuerl detailed memos listing Paone’s sexual misconduct, but in spite of these reports, Paone was kept in active ministry for decades.

    “The Grand Jury noted that this process showed no concern for public safety or the victims of child sexual abuse,” the report states. “The handling of these matters was commonplace. In spite of the complaint, Paone continued in active ministry following his brief evaluation at a church-based treatment facility.”

    During the press conference, Zubik defended Wuerl’s reputation, claiming the cardinal has been proactive for decades in responding to sex abuse allegations.

    Zubik denied that Wuerl was guilty of cover-up, arguing, “Cover-up would only be if you intentionally did it.”

    In an odd choice of words, Zubik said Wuerl has been and continues to be “passionate about child sexual abuse.”

    In his statement opening the press conference, the bishop defended the Pittsburgh diocese, arguing that it has been a pioneer in the proper handling of clerical sex abuse allegations.

    “We are not the same diocese as we were 30 years ago,” Zubik said in answer to a reporter.

    Later, he expressed sympathy with faithful Catholics scandalized by the crisis of priestly sex abuse.

    “So do I. I feel betrayed,” he said. “I’m scandalized.”

    He repeatedly dodged questions about whether specific cases were examples of covering up sexual abuse of children. Rather than answering “yes” or “no,” he would say that it is “important to consider” the circumstances and details surrounding the cases listed in the grand jury report.

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called on the dioceses of Pennsylvania to support four proposals that could help sex abuse victims find justice. The four recommendations involved changes to state law, including:

    ~removing statute of limitations for sexual abuse of minors

    ~creating a longer civil window so victims can sue for damages

    ~clarifying the penalties for failing to report child abuse to authorities

    ~stopping confidentiality agreements that bar victims from reporting to law enforcement

    Bishop Zubik said he supported all four of the attorney general’s proposal, including the recommendation to do away with statutes of limitations for the sexual abuse of minors.

  4. Why Wuerl Is Lying

    by George Neumayr • ChurchMilitant.com • August 13, 2018

    Non-members of the Gay Mafia have stood idly by and allowed the Gay Mafia to spread its tentacles throughout the Church

    In the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic McCarrick scandal, one American cardinal’s denial of any knowledge of McCarrick’s predatory behavior stands out: “Our offices are aware only of the same information regarding these allegations that you are seeing in media reports.”

    That was Cdl. Donald Wuerl’s first response to the mushrooming scandal, made through an intermediary tellingly. No one, of course, is buying it. After all, in order to believe Wuerl’s claim that he knew nothing about McCarrick’s misbehavior, one would have to swallow the following whoppers:

    ~that Wuerl never read psychotherapist Richard Sipe’s accounts of McCarrick’s gay predation, which go back at least a decade and were widely circulated on the internet (Sipe is well known to the American hierarchy)

    ~that the papal nuncio to the United States, who had been apprised of settlements New Jersey archdioceses reached with McCarrick’s victims, never breathed a word of these settlements to Wuerl

    ~that the Church’s insurance company, which presumably oversaw the decision to settle, never consulted with Wuerl about McCarrick’s record in Washington, D.C.

    ~that not a single D.C. priest or archdiocesan official who knew about McCarrick’s reputation or the settlements ever breathed a word of these matters to Wuerl.

    Wuerl’s claim of ignorance only raises questions; it doesn’t answer any of them. One obvious point of inquiry for any future panel investigating the McCarrick scandal would be: Was it really possible for the New Jersey archdioceses and its insurance company to evaluate the prudence of settling with McCarrick’s victims without holding meetings with D.C. archdiocesan officials? Without examining McCarrick’s personnel file in the D.C. archdiocesan office? Without first finding out if that behavior continued during his tenure in D.C.?

    After all, how would the insurance company have gauged the need to settle without that crucial information? Presumably, McCarrick was denying it all. Why would the insurance company have settled if the dispute amounted to a he-said, he-said affair, without any later misconduct during his tenure in D.C.?

    Any independent panel would need to examine all documents related to the settlement talks. One suspects that those documents would betray evidence of D.C. archdiocesan participation. To take just one example, how did McCarrick, a D.C. archdiocesan employee in his retirement, travel up to New Jersey to discuss the matter? Who paid for that? Who went with him? Surely some D.C. archdiocesan officials accompanied him, unless all of this was resolved over the phone, which is highly doubtful. The panel would need to question McCarrick’s aides. What did they know? Did they ever discuss McCarrick-related matters with the D.C. chancery?

    Wuerl’s denial depends on an utterly ludicrous picture, that of a hermetically sealed scandal leading to hermetically sealed settlements. That never happens in major institutions. It always comes out that a range of people across the affected institution knew about the settlement. That Wuerl didn’t know about the predations of his predecessor is about as likely as Harvey Weinstein’s brother and business partner not knowing about the mogul’s widely rumored misdeeds.

    Then there is the Roman angle: Did nobody at the Vatican tell Wuerl about his predecessor’s predations and the settlements to which they led? That strains all credulity. No one has better access to Vatican-held secrets than Wuerl. He is arguably the most powerful cardinal in America and belongs to the Vatican’s inner circle.

    According to the derelict New Jersey bishops, they informed Vatican officials in Washington, D.C. and Rome about the McCarrick settlements. We are to believe they never passed that information on to Wuerl? Right.

    I woke up this last Friday morning to the sad and grimly timed news that Richard Sipe had died. Over the years I talked to Sipe occasionally. I would pepper him with questions about the Gay Mafia in the Catholic Church, a subject he had addressed with great authority in various books and articles. His reporting on the Gay Mafia — much of it deriving from his first-hand experiences as a therapist who worked with troubled priests in the disintegrating, post-1960s Church — was invaluable.

    I gather Cdl. Wuerl and other members of the checkered hierarchy breathed a sigh of relief at the news of Sipe’s death. Sipe had the goods on them. Or maybe they are muttering to themselves what the French statesman Talleyrand once said after learning of the death of a Turkish ambassador with whom he sparred: “I wonder what he meant by that?”

    “Priests have told me that Wuerl is gay,” Sipe said to me once during an interview I was conducting for my book, The Political Pope. I had asked Sipe if the Gay Mafia elected Pope Francis. He thought so. We discussed the Msgr. Battista Ricca scandal. Remember that one? It is highly revelant to the McCarrick cover-up and Wuerl’s bogus claim that he knew nothing about McCarrick’s predatory habits.

    Wuerl and Ricca work together on matters related to the Vatican Bank and the administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. If an independent future panel is assembled to look at the McCarrick scandal — which is a big if — it should focus like a laser beam on the interactions of Wuerl, Ricca and McCarrick. He who pays the piper calls the tune, and many of the money men of the Church are charter members of the Gay Mafia who have been covering for each other for decades. Non-members of the Gay Mafia have allowed the Gay Mafia to spread its tentacles throughout the Church in part because they are dependent on the fundraising of these charlatans.

    Follow the money in the Church — from the McCarrick-founded Papal Foundation (which recently strong-armed its donors for millions given to a crooked hospital in Rome that the Pope and the Gay Mafia wanted bailed out) to the Patrimony of the Holy See — and you will find on that money the fingerprints of the most double-dealing, double-living prelates in the Church. They understand the purifying and silencing power of raw cash. Their sins are scarlet, but their cash is green — and their cowed colleagues know it.

    Of course Wuerl knew about McCarrick, just like he knew about Msgr. Ricca, his colleague at the Vatican bank, in whose affairs Wuerl has long been immersed. Ricca rose to the highest ecclesiastical position at the Vatican Bank despite an amazingly sordid history. Veteran Vatican correspondent Sandro Magister has established beyond any reasonable doubt that Ricca’s scandalous bio includes an affair with a member of the Swiss Guard, a beating he received at a gay bar and an incident involving the discovery by firemen of Ricca trapped in an elevator with a young male prostitute.

    Wuerl and McCarrick were thrilled when Pope Francis rode to the rescue of Ricca. Recall that Pope Francis’ signature line — “Who am I to judge?” — was in response to a question about Ricca. Those words emboldened McCarrick, who enjoyed an astonishing final act under Francis. McCarrick felt so confident that he started bragging about how he had lobbied for Bergoglio’s election after a powerful “Roman” had pressed him to spread the word to his peers about the Argentine prelate. Who was that powerful Roman? That’s another question for the yet-to-be-formed panel. In all likelihood, he is one of the Gay Mafia’s chief puppeteers.

    Richard Sipe, alas, didn’t oppose a gay clergy, just a secretive one. But his warnings about McCarrick will remain a monument to his honest testimony. I had wanted to talk to Sipe about the McCarrick-Wuerl cover-up over the last month, but couldn’t reach him. I never found Sipe’s proposed left-wing reforms persuasive in the slightest — in fact, they would just make the scandal permanent by gaying the Church formally — but I always respected his reporting on the existence of the Gay Mafia and admired his fearlessness. May he rest in peace.

  5. POSTED BY RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

    Catholic Standard Goes Into Damage Control Mode

    [I think it is not the only (arch)diocesan newspaper and other sources that will do such! – AQ Tom]

    Just a little reminder. Many years ago, the Standard had a “letters to the editor” section; a fair number of mine were printed. However, as soon as ex-cardinal McCarrick announced his intentions to hold Canon 915 in disregard, that section disappeared from the paper and remains gone today. Inside contacts indicate that the Standard was flooded with letters decrying McCarrick’s nose-thumbing at the Blessed Sacrament and received orders from “on high” not to publish one of them. That silence was a key motivation behind my start of the website and this blog.

    Therefore it is no surprise that the Standard is in full “damage control” mode in the wake of the PA report. As you read the Standard piece, notice a few things:
    Pennsylvania released the report today. The Standard article is dated today. So are we to believe that the Standard staff had time to study the report, write the article and upload it to their site on the same day that the report was released? Or was this sorry excuse of a rebuttal crafted ahead of the report’s release?
    I fail to detect any specific examples of inaccuracies regarding Wuerl that are allegedly in the report. We see just a bunch of blather about “standards” etc.
    In this same Standard issue is a letter that the Cardinal sent to his priests – again, the same smoke and mirrors.

    Such speed! Such alacrity! The Standard is most prompt with its damage control, even if it’s rather inept. However, they cannot be faulted, for no one can defend the indefensible and still claim to have an ounce of intelligence and integrity.

    I wonder if the Standard will bring back its “letters to the editor” feature. Just kidding!

    • LaDonna Cdl. Wuerl mounts PR offensive in face of horrific PA grand jury report on clerical sex abuse

      Doug Mainwaring

      WASHINGTON, DC, August 15, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – As the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the results of an exhaustive, nearly 900 page grand jury investigation into sexual abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests, former Bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Donald J. Wuerl, released a statement calling attention to three words he says are unfairly attributed to him.

      At the same time, the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW) has launched a slick PR-driven website – The Wuerl Record – which appears to serve no other purpose than to protect the embattled Wuerl’s reputation.

      Over the last few years, current and former ADW employees have reported that the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center has trimmed its staff and important programs while beefing up its legal department. Perhaps we now know why.

      The sweeping two-year long grand jury probe reveals sexual abuse against mostly adolescent males, with victims numbering perhaps well into the thousands over the course of several decades.

      Page after page of the report documents gut-wrenching sexual manipulation of young men and boys by priests.

      “Predators in every diocese weaponized the Catholic faith, and used it as a tool of their abuse,” noted Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Josh Shapiro at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “These children surrounded by adults enabling their abuse were taught that this abuse was not only normal, but that it was holy.”

      The report alleges a long-standing strategy of “abuse – deny – cover up” by the six Pennsylvania dioceses that were the subject of the investigation: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.

      Wuerl’s name shows up in the document just over 200 times.

      “The pattern not only victimized children who were abused, it served a legal purpose:

      Church officials manipulated for their advantage,” noted AG Shapiro. “The longer they covered it up, the less chance law enforcement could prosecute [priest] predators, because the statute of limitations would run out.”

      The report attributes a handwritten notation, “circle of secrecy,” on one of the uncovered documents to then-Bishop Wuerl. Wuerl headed the Pittsburgh diocese from 1988 until 2006, when he replaced now-disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in the nation’s capital.

      An ADW spokesman said that “portions of the Grand Jury’s Report … dramatically, disparagingly and, most importantly, incorrectly attributed the phrase ‘circle of secrecy,’” to Wuerl.

      Despite informing the Pennsylvania AG that the Diocese of Pittsburgh had “independently confirmed that Bishop Wuerl did not author or use the phrase ‘circle of secrecy,’” in May, and that “the phrase did not relate in any way to efforts by the Church to cover up allegations of abuse,” the AG “refused to acknowledge the mistake and refused to take any steps to correct the dramatic use and misattribution of the phrase in the Report.”

      While those three words may have been incorrectly attributed to Cardinal Wuerl, many troubling stories involving Wuerl in the Grand Jury report remain – and the ADW does not seem to be contesting those.

      A Church Militant analysis reveals that “Cdl. Donald Wuerl, former bishop of Pittsburgh, not only shuffled around notorious predator priests — including one involved in a sadomasochistic pederast ring — he even paid one off in exchange for his silence.”

      In one of the stories chronicling the abuses by three of the Pittsburgh Dioceses’ notorious pederast priests, the Associated Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported:

      Washington County District Attorney John Pettit, filed the sexual abuse charges against three Roman Catholic priests for allegedly molesting two brothers who were altar boys, and accused the church of foot -dragging during the investigation. ‘It was not the spirit of cooperation we would like to see,’ Pettit said, calling it ‘minimal at best.’

      Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl denied the allegation, saying, ‘I think the diocese has made every effort to be cooperative.’

      . . .

      In more than 150 counts, Pettit alleged that the priests sexually abused the two boys from 1981 to 1987. The homosexual acts allegedly took place in a barn, a church basement, a parked car and at a mountain resort.

      . . .

      Some of the incidents involved whips, chains, drugs and alcohol, Pettit said.

      • Archdiocese deletes website defending Cardinal Wuerl’s handling of sex abuse

        Claire Chretien

        WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Archdiocese of Washington has deleted its website on “The Wuerl Record,” designed to defend its Cardinal Donald Wuerl as he faces scrutiny over his role in numerous clerical sex abuse cases during his time as Bishop of Pittsburgh.

        “We created the site with the best intentions for it to serve as a resource and be helpful to the media with information,” Chieko Noguchi, director of Media and Public Relations for the archdiocese, told LifeSiteNews. “However, we heard the criticism from people about it and we took it down, and we are being transparent about why it was taken down.”

        TheWuerlRecord.com now redirects visitors to the archdiocese’s press releases.

        The original “Wuerl Record” website said it “highlights the child protection efforts of Cardinal Donald Wuerl during his tenure as the Bishop of Pittsburgh, from 1988 to 2006, and provides additional context not included in the [grand jury] report on Cardinal Wuerl’s work as a longtime advocate and voice on this issue.”

        It contained a statement from Wuerl that read, partly:

        While I served as Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and as our understanding of child sexual abuse increased, the Diocese worked to strengthen our response and repeatedly amended the Diocese’s safeguards and policies. The Diocese worked to meet or exceed the requirements of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the reporting requirements of Pennsylvania law. We showed pastoral concern by reaching out to victims and their families, while reporting allegations to the authorities so they could investigate crimes. The Diocese’s goal was to be transparent and accountable to the public, and to our faithful, for what had occurred within the Church.

        Wuerl is mentioned in the 884-page grand jury report more than 200 times. The grand jurors found that Wuerl knew about accusations of pedophilia against priests but allowed them to remain in active ministry.

        One case that is receiving much attention from Catholic media is that of Father George Zirwas, who was reported to the diocese as having molested underage boys. Some of these complaints were filed when Wuerl was bishop. Zirwas was later found to have been involved in manufacturing child porn based on religious imagery on Church property. He was part of a group of priests who “used whips, violence and sadism in raping their victims,” according to the grand jury report.

        After being shuffled around for years and still allowed to function as a priest, Fr. Zirwas eventually was put on a “leave of absence” and moved to Miami and then Cuba.

        In 1996, he wrote to the Diocese of Pittsburgh saying he knew about illegal sexual activity being committed by other Pittsburgh priests. In exchange for this information, the predator priest wanted the money he was receiving from the Church to be increased.

        Wuerl responded saying Zirwas was to either send him the names of these predator priests, or state the exact opposite of what Zirwas had just claimed – that he knew nothing about pedophile priests in the diocese.

        Zirwas opted to recant his claim, and the amount of money he received monthly increased.

  6. Those responsible already know, as the saying has it, that a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich. They have tons of usable blackmail threats they have likely not yet delivered to procure silence. It will take years before most cases go to civil or criminal trial, as well.
    /
    Thus, by lawyering up, and with powerful allies in Rome, USCCCP nogoodniks are prob’ly edgy but not yet panicking.

  7. The local Washington FOX News affiliate filmed a short interview with LaDonna Cardinal, asking him straight-out if he will resign. He said, No.

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