LaDonna Cardinal Wuerl remains defiant in the face of calls for his resignation.



August 16, 2018

Church Militant has learned that the archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has hired prestigious law firm Jones Day to represent Cdl. Wuerl in response to the Pennsylvania grand jury report. Jones Day represents major American corporations including Procter & Gamble, CitiGroup, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and American Airlines — to name just a few.

Reports are that to retain this firm is $50,000 to $75,000 per month. Church Militant has queried the archdiocese of Washington, D.C. asking who is paying for this representation and where the money is coming from.

As of the time of this report, the archdiocese has not responded.

On Aug. 8, the archdiocese launched the website WuerlRecord.com, coinciding with the same day that the Pennsylvania grand jury report could have first been made public after being delayed more than a month following legal challenges by Pennsylvania clergy named in the report.

The site’s sole purpose was to defend Wuerl’s record with regard to child sex abuse. Within hours after the Pennsylvania grand jury report was released on Tuesday, the site was pulled down by the archdiocese following hundreds of complaints and negative comments.

The hiring of the law firm and the creation of the website represent a two-pronged approach by Wuerl’s strategists to protect his name and legacy. Another tactic has been to have Wuerl give interviews to select media to try and smooth over very problematic facts contained in the grand jury report.

Throughout the entire process, Wuerl has maintained that he did not move priests from
parish to parish.
Cardinal Wuerl: “That wasn’t our process.”

Church Militant has unearthed legal records that flatly contradict Wuerl’s assertion of innocence.

In 1988, just months after becoming bishop of Pittsburgh, Wuerl approved the transfer of Fr. Henry Krawczyk from Our Lady of Joy parish to Saint Therese of Lisieux parish following complaints from multiple parents that he supplied their sons with alcohol and made sexual advances on them.

In 2003, at his new parish to which Wuerl moved him, Krawczyk was arrested after 19-year-old Pittsburgh football player Billy Gaines died there, falling 25 feet to his death climbing through a crawlspace in the ceiling after getting drunk from cocktails provided by Krawczyk.

Krawczyk is connected to a second death, a suicide from one victim who passed out after getting drunk with the priest, and woke up to find Krawczyk performing oral sex on him. The victim committed suicide in 2006, just as Wuerl was packing up his bags to become the cardinal-archbishop of Washington, D.C.

That makes the official body count from transfers of homosexual predator priests by Wuerl at least two.

In another case that contradicts Wuerl’s claim that he never moved priests around — also exposed in the grand jury report — Wuerl has yet to offer any defense in the case of Fr. George Zirwas, a homosexual predator priest Wuerl paid hush money to in exchange for the priest’s silence regarding illegal sexual conduct of numerous other Pittsburgh priests.

In 1996, Wuerl asked Zirwas to sign a statement falsely saying that he knew nothing about the priests’ sexual crimes, then Wuerl gave him a bonus payout as a result, in addition to the monthly stipend he was already receiving from the Pittsburgh diocese, which he spent on a flamboyant gay lifestyle in Cuba involving hook-ups with male prostitutes until he was murdered by one of them in 2001 — who confessed to killing him by shooting animal tranquilizer into the base of his neck, causing cardiac paralysis.

After the priest’s body was returned to the United States, Wuerl presided at his funeral and praised his priestly service, referring to him as “Father Zirwas,” after Wuerl himself had stripped him of that title, knowing full well the secret payout he had made to Zirwas in exchange for his silence as well as his role in a child porn ring.

Wuerl announced confidently at the funeral that Zirwas was in Heaven.

The secular press has now picked up on the story of Wuerl’s involvement in the massive massive cover-ups and is beginning to pile on.

Michael Rezendes, one of The Boston Globe writers who broke the 2002 story of homosexual clergy child sex abuse in Boston, made the rounds yesterday on various network talk shows where he was asked about how extensive this evil is beyond the borders of Pennsylvania and its larger implication:

The story is the same, whether it’s Boston or Pennsylvania or Tuscon or Los Angeles or Ireland, Australia, Chile — it’s the same, the depravity is the same, the criminality is the same and the cover-up is the same. (NBC)

The story was very much the same, almost exactly the same in Boston, in Tuscon, in Los Angeles, and it’s the same globally in Ireland, Australia, Chile — this is a systemic problem within the Catholic Church. (Fox News)

It’s the same story in Boston, in Pennsylvania, in Los Angeles, in Ireland, in Australia, in Chile — the same story. (CNN)

Analysts are speculating that a series of grand jury investigations across multiple states could be a trigger for the U.S. Department of Justice to begin exploring whether RICO statutes have been violated. RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a federal statute designed to bust up organized crime syndicates.

Articles are even now appearing accusing the Catholic Church of being an organized crime ring for child sex abuse.

Earlier today, Breitbart published its own article where the question of RICO violations and pursuit by the Department of Justice were raised again.

As indicated earlier, sources tell Church Militant that a number of states attorneys general, including New York, are examining if they should begin their own Pennsylvania-style grand jury investigations.

In the face of Wuerl’s defiance, reports are that extremely wealthy donors are now contacting the archdiocese of Washington saying all donations will cease until Donald Wuerl is removed. Church Militant has confirmed the report from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that the attorney general’s office is being inundated with emails and phone calls with hundreds of more reports of sex abuse and cover-up.

Church Militant has confirmed reports that Wuerl sought to block the release of the grand jury report, possibly through a third party, and this attempt to block the grand jury report is what necessitated Shapiro’s letter directly to the Pope.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro: “Credible reports indicate that at least two leaders of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania — while not directly challenging the release of this report in court — are behind these efforts to silence the victims and avoid accountability.”

Immediately following the Tuesday press conference, Shapiro met with the victims, whom he had on stage during the conference and away from the cameras, and microphones said the following: “Wuerl was the dirtiest bishop as far as sex abuse cover-up.”

Cardinal Wuerl is one of Pope Francis’ most trusted confidantes, even ramming through a $25 million grant to a hospital in Rome notorious for shady dealings and financial corruption. The money came from the Papal Foundation, an outfit Wuerl is closely associated with along with former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to enlist financial support of Catholic millionaires.

Wuerl strong-armed the donors in the case of the hospital grant, leading to an uprising in the ranks of the Papal Foundation, causing a number of millionaire members to quit in protest. What donors were not told is that the first director of the Papal Foundation had been credibly accused of sexually molesting a 9-year-old boy.

It was Pennsylvania priest Msgr. Thomas Benestad whom Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was referring to in this segment of his Tuesday press conference and who was named in the grand jury report:

“Monsignor Thomas Benestad made a 9-year-old give him oral sex, then rinse the boy’s mouth out with holy water to purify him.”

This was the man chosen to be the director of Wuerl and McCarrick’s Papal Foundation. Benestad’s abuse took place just five years prior to his appointment as director. Wuerl continues to be a major player in what the Washington Post calls former Cardinal McCarrick’s Papal Foundation.

In summary, in the face of Wuerl’s repeated denials, his position continues to deteriorate, with sources close to the situation telling Church Militant privately they do not see how he can survive this beyond the next ten days.

For example, thousands have already signed a petition to have Wuerl’s name stripped from a Pittsburgh high school he allowed to be named after himself in 2013.

As multiple cases of bishops covering up sex abuse around the world flood into the Vatican, Rome is becoming paralyzed.

Pope Francis has publicly declared zero tolerance for any bishop who in any way covered up sex abuse by predatory clergy. Because of his long-standing relationship with Cdl. Wuerl, Pope Francis now finds himself in a bind.

As the media spotlight and the rage of Catholic laity intensify, all eyes are on the Vatican to see if Pope Francis will indeed follow through on his promise by stripping Cdl. Wuerl of his place in the College of Cardinals as he did Theodore McCarrick last month.

This is truly shaping up as a case of Wuerl no longer having any place to hide.

Get AQ Email Updates


  1. Wuerl knows where all the bodies are hidden ! This has to go away, and Donohue does not have the credibility to make this go away ! Check a Vatican 🇻🇦 Bank slush fund , Peters Pence , a fund set up to “protect the children “ , laundered drug money 💵, all US Dioceses have to chip in, hidden homo relief fund ! 50,000 – 75,000 is not a lot of money per month, when one considers Wuerl could bring down Francis and his regime, and the payouts could become enormous to the victims! RICO would be the place to start, start sweating 😓 some low-life bishops that covered up, and soon the deck of cards will crumble! I read the report, and it is disgusting! This is only one State! If they start going after, say New York or New Jersey Dioceses, the abusive priests body count would skyrocket! Good Hunting DOJ !

    • 747pilot says:

      If they start going after, say New York or New Jersey Dioceses, the abusive priests body count would skyrocket!

      Calls are coming in for New Jersey and California:

      Will the names of all N.J. Catholic priests accused of abuse be released?

      NEW JERSEY REAL-TIME NEWS – Posted August 16, 2018

      SNAP calls for statewide abuse investigation in California


      Following release of grand jury report in Pennsylvania, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says it will ask Attorney General Xavier Becerra to impanel similar panel in the Golden State.

      • [Update:] Episcopal Sodomy: NY AG Outlining Grand Jury Plans

        by Church Militant • August 17, 2018

        The dam is about to break

        Church Militant has learned exclusively that the attorney general office of the state of New York is now outlining plans for a Pennsylvania-style grand jury report.

        Before we get to that, it was just announced that the publisher of Cdl. Donald Wuerl’s upcoming book has yanked the deal, canceling publication. The book had been titled What Do You Want to Know? and was described as Cdl. Wuerl’s advice to everyday Catholics when inviting non-Catholics to friendship.

        There are eight dioceses in the state of New York, including the archdiocese of New York, with 7.3 million Catholics throughout the state and initial reports indicate that sexual abuse and specifically cover-up of that abuse by bishops is every bit as bad as in the state of Pennsylvania.

        Church Militant spoke with New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who told us:

        The Attorney General has directed her Criminal Division leadership to reach out to local District Attorneys — who are the only entities that currently have the power to convene a grand jury to investigate these matters — in order to establish a potential partnership on this issue.

        In the wake of the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, speculation around the country has begun that grand juries should be convened in every state — an idea that fed-up faithful Catholics are now supporting publicly.

        Brad Miner: “I’m in favor, frankly, of 50 grand juries, including, you know, we’ve already had one in Pennsylvania, but we need one in the District of Columbia too — so that makes 50. Every single state, we got to do this, and it’s got to be the civil authorities, I’m sorry to say.”

        Joining Miner are the likes of Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, who was a member of the 2002 U.S. bishops’ national review board. Burke says, “I think every state should convene a grand jury into this culture of secrecy that protected offenders at all costs.”

        Miner’s and Burke’s public sentiments may soon become a reality. In addition to the Pennsylvania grand jury, Nebraska is now sending signals that it too is prepping for the possible convening of its own grand jury. This as a result of revelations of homosexual predation on seminarians in the diocese of Lincoln.

        But the eight Catholic dioceses in New York could prove to be a target-rich environment for any grand jury investigation.

        The eight dioceses of New York are Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, New York, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rockville Centre and Syracuse. Each diocese has more than its fair share of abuse and episcopal cover-up spanning many years, including recent years.

        In the diocese of Albany, the homosexualization of the Church got underway in the late 1960s under Bp. Edwin Broderick, ordinary from 1969 to 1976. Broderick was a protege of powerful New York Cdl. Francis Spellman, whose active homosexuality was well known but covered up by Church officials and the media.

        During Broderick’s tenure, Albany became known for accepting and promoting gay seminarians and priests. When Bp. Howard Hubbard succeeded Broderick, the gaying of the diocese accelerated greatly. Hubbard was bishop for nearly 40 years and among many disturbing cases, he was linked to Thomas Zalay, who, in 1978, committed suicide at age 25.

        The revelations surfaced when Zalay’s brother, Andrew, discovered a letter, written by Zalay shortly before his death, alleging homosexual activity with Hubbard. Zalay said Hubbard justified homosexual acts by suggesting the Bible defined celibacy as being free of sexual contact with women; therefore, according to the bishop, homosexual acts aren’t sinful.

        Zalay regarded homosexual acts as sinful. He didn’t consider himself a homosexual and wanted to get away from Hubbard. The only way to escape him, he concluded, was suicide. Zalay set himself on fire at his parents’ home.

        Hubbard also let a known homosexual predator priest, Fr. John Fitzpatrick, free access to high school students, whom he would take on regular outings after school. His predatory behavior was known as early as the late 1960s and continued over decades. After a sex abuse allegation in 1993, Hubbard sent Fitzpatrick away to a treatment center, only to place him back in ministry as a chancery aide for the next three years when further allegations of abuse surfaced.

        Over his nearly 40-year reign, Hubbard became infamous for covering up cases of homosexual predator priests. In the nearby diocese of Rochester, Matthew Clark was bishop from 1979 to 2012, largely overlapping Hubbard’s time in Albany. In fact, Hubbard and Clark were known to be extremely intimate associates. They often appeared together and were seen as essentially inseparable.

        As a point of interest, Bp. Clark was the spiritual director to the young Timothy Dolan during his time in seminary at the North American College in Rome.

        Brad Miner: “As we’ve seen, the abuse, and to a very great extent, I think, the cover-up, comes from this gay network.”

        Clark’s longstanding embrace of homosexuality earned him a public rebuke from then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who castigated him for supporting homosexuality.

        In late 1990s, Clark allowed Fr. Jim Callan to conduct same-sex weddings until the Vatican discovered and forced Callan out. In 2002, Clark had to place three priests on administrative leave after being threatened with a lawsuit for sex abuse cover-up.

        Records show Clark, who routinely officiated at gay Masses, had allowed the priests to remain in active ministry for decades in spite of multiple credible allegations of abuse of teen boys.

        The archdiocese of New York, home to almost half the Catholics in the whole state, has a long sordid history of homosexual acceptance on the part of the hierarchy and covering up cases of abuse. At least 80 priests stretching all the way back to Cdl. Francis Spellman’s tenure have been publicly accused of sexual predation — most of them of males.

        Spellman was the bishop who ordained homosexual predator Theodore McCarrick who, the next year, began his sexual assaults.

        The cases are in fact so many that the archdiocese just last year had to take a $100 million line of credit with CitiBank to begin paying off victims, many of whom had their cases covered up for years and decades under the tenures of Cdls. Terence Cooke and Edward Egan, something that Cdl. Timothy Dolan has been criticized for being slow to address.

        Critics say he has exacerbated the homosexual clergy plague by cozying up to pro-gay elements in the Church.

        He has been leading the charge among New York’s bishops in fighting against victims being able to come forward — by opposing the New York state legislature’s push to expand the statute of limitations for reporting sex abuse.

        Church Militant interviewed a well-informed source who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

        Michael Voris: A whole network is built that protects this sort of secret, double-life infrastructure, gay mafia that runs the archdiocese.

        Anonymous source: Yes, yes — that is absolutely true.

        Shuffling over to the diocese of Buffalo, current bishop Richard Malone recently went on a tirade against Catholics withholding donations to the diocese because of sexual abuse allegations and bishops covering it up.

        And for the record, his complaints came while he was vacationing on Cape Cod. He said:

        Regarding the Catholic Charities Appeal, though, I do not understand, and cannot accept, the logic behind the decision on the part of some individuals to express their dismay by holding back on their contributions to Catholic Charities. … My heartfelt thanks to those of you who did not succumb to such unfortunate and, I believe, flawed thinking.

        Malone also said that his vacation time had been “clouded by the challenges we are facing right now in our diocese.”

        At least 90 people have applied for financial compensation through the diocese’s pay-out program for clerical sex abuse victims — which was rolled out in March 2018. Sixty-five priests in the diocese of Buffalo stand accused of sexual misconduct.

        In late May and early June, there were calls for Bp. Malone to resign, after investigative reports by Buffalo’s ABC affiliate shed light on decades of negligence and cover-up by the diocese. The three-part investigation highlighted the cover-up under Bp. Edward Head, who led the diocese from 1972 to 1995 and the continued cover-up under Bp. Henry Mansell, from 1995 to 2003.

        In a 10-minute interview on Feb. 27 this year, retired Buffalo diocesan priest Norbert Orsolits admitted sexually abusing “probably dozens” of underaged males, after one alleged victim had accused him publicly.

        A few priests from Buffalo also appeared in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

        In one glaring case, Fr. Dennis Riter has three male victims who’ve given evidence of his abuse to the diocese. A witness to one of Riter’s assaults informed the diocese by letter in the early 1990s and the diocese swept it under the rug. The victim was a 10-year-old who had come running out of a rectory with semen on his face and chest.

        Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the diocese of Brooklyn, who was consecrated by then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in 1996, has also resisted reforms in New York state’s statute of limitations for reporting sexual abuse.

        In 2016, New York State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey claimed DiMarzio offered her a $5,000 bribe if she would pull her support for the proposed legislation that would increase the statute of limitations for reporting sex abuse — the same legislation Dolan is vigorously campaigning against.

        The next year, in 2017, the diocese, together with the archdiocese of New York, paid out $1.8 million to six victims of a total of eight priests implicated in the lawsuit.

        In 2002, two lawsuits were filed against the diocese, which were both lost on appeal due to the statute of limitations.

        Bishop John Barres, current bishop of Rockville Centre, was highlighted in the Pennsylvania grand jury report for his time as bishop of Allentown from 2009 to 2017.

        It was during his time as bishop that accusations against the notorious Fr. Thomas Benestad resurfaced, and according to the grand jury report, Barres made no attempt to remove Benestad from ministry.

        Pennsylvania grand jury report: “The Diocese elected to rely on Benestad’s word rather than the word of the victims and the determinations of law enforcement. No attempt was made to remove Benestad from ministry. Benestad was granted retirement, resides in Boca Raton, Florida, and assists with a local parish.”

        Benestad is the priest singled about Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro during his Tuesday press conference for rinsing out the mouth of a 9-year-old boy with holy water after oral sex.

        In February 2018, a report called “Hidden Disgrace II” was released by lawyers, outlining the abuse of 51 priests, following a 2003 Suffolk County grand jury investigation, which took place under the tenure of recently retired Bp. William Murphy — Barres’ predecessor.

        Turning to the diocese of Syracuse, also riddled with multiple sex abuse settlements, Bp. Robert Cunningham announced in February, following the model of the New York archdiocese, that it was launching a victims compensation program for 76 victims of priestly abuse.

        Priests were routinely shuffled around even after credible accusations of sexual abuse.

        For instance, Fr. James Quinn was accused of repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old boy during Catholic Youth Organization trips in the 1960s, where he would get the boy drunk and violate him when he was unable to resist. The victim sued the Syracuse diocese in 2003, but a court barred the lawsuit over the statute of limitations. The diocese then reinstated Fr. Quinn after an internal investigation revealed “insufficient evidence.”

        Another victim, raped more than 200 times by Fr. Thomas Neary when he was 10 years old, sued the Syracuse diocese in 2011. The rapes happened in the boy’s own bedroom while his parents were home, the priest telling his parents not to worry if he heard the boy crying.

        The priest was supposedly there to offer counseling to the boy on the priesthood and told the parents the boy was crying because “the priesthood is hard.”

        It turned out Neary had many more male victims, the total number remaining unknown, but in at least eight cases, when the victims approached Bp. James Moynihan privately to share their stories of abuse, Moynihan gave each of them the same line: You’re the only one who has ever come forward about abuse by Fr. Neary.

        In 2015, after Bp. Cunningham became head of Syracuse, a group of outraged Catholics petitioned Rome to force Cunningham to resign because of his callous attitude towards sex abuse victims. It became public that Cunningham had said during a 2011 sex abuse deposition, when asked whether he thought boys being raped by priests were sinning, Cunningham answered, “The boy is culpable.”

        His words caused such uproar that nearly 90,000 signed a petition to Pope Francis, urging him to remove the bishop from the diocese. Cunningham never resigned and remains the bishop of Syracuse to this day, each year making appeals to the laity to give millions of dollars to his diocese.

        Bishop Cunningham: “This weekend, as you’re preparing for Mass as a family, I encourage you to experience a greater love by giving to the Hope Appeal. Thank you for answering your call to serve during this year of the family.”

        The diocese of Ogdensburg is also tainted by scandal, with multiple priests over the course of decades outed as sex abusers.

        Since 1950, 56 people, 37 of them minors at the time, have accused priests of sexually abusing them — with a total of $3 million paid out in sex abuse settlements and counseling for victims.

        Ogdensburg has also launched its own victims’ compensation fund, announced earlier this spring, agreeing to pay victims in exchange for their promise that they won’t sue the diocese.

        The bishop, Terry LaValley, has been criticized for his lack of transparency, refusing to follow the example of other dioceses in publishing the list of names of credibly accused priests.

        Although LaValley headed the diocesan review board overseeing clerical sex abuse claims before he became bishop, he’s been very secretive about the accused priests, making it impossible for the public to learn who most of the accused clergy are, when the diocese learned of their alleged crimes, and how the diocese handled it, whether they removed them from ministry or, like so many other bishops in so many other dioceses, transferred them to other parishes and kept them in active ministry.

        Concerned Catholics say all of this must come out and responsible bishops disposed of.

        The bishops’ continual flow of statements expressing sorrow and regret just don’t cut it anymore.

        Brad Miner: “Every time someone comes forward, like Cdl. DiNardo or someone else, to make a statement, it’s just more PR, it’s more stuff crafted by lawyers, so that culpability is pushed away as far as possible from the individual speaking.”

        Sources tell Church Militant that if the New York attorney general does, in fact, pursue a grand jury investigation there will be many many more cases than this and the final report may be even more damning than the Pennsylvania one.

        As various states now begin seriously considering launching their own grand jury investigations, it appears as though the American hierarchy will soon be buried under mountains of litigation and further scandal for years to come.

        And all this while federal racketeering charges against the Catholic Church the U.S. Department of Justice are now being discussed freely in various media outlets.

        • [Re: LaDonna Cardinal’s book (with foreword by USCCCP Cardinal-President DiNardo) that will never see the light of day]

          Michael Voris says:

          The publisher of Cdl. Donald Wuerl’s upcoming book has yanked the deal, canceling publication. The book had been titled What Do You Want to Know? and was described as Cdl. Wuerl’s advice to everyday Catholics when inviting non-Catholics to friendship.

          From Google Books:

          What Do You Want to Know?: A Pastor’s Response to the Most Challenging Questions about the Catholic Faith

          Front Cover

          Donald Wuerl
          Ave Maria Press, Oct 5, 2018 – Religion – 160 pages

          You’ve probably heard statements such as these:
          “There is no God.”
          “One religion is as good as another.”
          “Religious believers are hypocrites.”
          “I’m spiritual but not religious.”
          “Science has made religion obsolete.”

          Cardinal Donald Wuerl, one of Catholicism’s most effective communicators, can help you navigate these often difficult conversations. In What Do You Want to Know?, Wuerl addresses twenty-six of today’s most common misconceptions of the faith and the Church and offers everyday Catholics encouragement for framing responses in a way that can be an invitation to friendship.

          Many Catholics–including those who are in positions such as that of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC–are confronted with statements and questions that challenge their faith. Employing a conversational tone and friendly style, What Do You Want to Know? sets out to answer each one, responding, as Wuerl says, “to friends who think they are enemies.”

          A work of popular apologetics, Wuerl tackles each concern, explaining, illuminating, and challenging all who read What Do You Want to Know? with the truth of the Christian faith and the essential purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today. He also takes the pressure off people who may not feel able to provide philosophical proof of God’s existence by telling them that their personal experience of faith in God can be just as (or perhaps even more) effective.

          Those who pose challenging questions or statements such as these will be drawn into conversation by Cardinal Wuerl’s thoughtful answers. Catholic educators, pastors, parish leaders, and parents also will find the book to be essential for their use in catechesis and evangelization.

          Editorial Reviews

          “With Cardinal Wuerl’s characteristic ‘clarity, charity, and truth,’ What Do You Want To Know? provides simple but profound answers to some of the most common and contentious questions people have about the Church and its teaching. A splendid work of apologetics!” —Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

          “Apologetics, Cardinal Wuerl reminds us, aims to touch hearts and engender good will even as it passionately defends the truth of the Catholic Faith. With a kind of Chestertonian joviality, the Cardinal’s book What do you Want to Know? is a delightful and friendly learning experience. From his good humor, pastoral experience and theological agility, Cardinal Wuerl models for us not just what to say when our faith is challenged, but also, in what spirit to say it. This is a great gift and a book I will happily recommend to evangelizers in my diocese.” —Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of Brownsville

          “Some people defend the faith so ferociously that they drive inquirers away. Others are so polite that they fail to put up a defense. Cardinal Wuerl exemplifies the virtuous way between these vices. He shows that we can be simultaneously kind and intellectually honest. This book is a model for friendly conversation.” —Scott Hahn, Catholic theologian, author, and speaker

          “For some Catholics, ‘apologetics’ is a dirty word. It’s considered retrograde, closed-off, and too defensive, out of step with new emphases on ecumenism and outreach to the world. Unfortunately, this has resulted in millions of Catholics ill-equipped to articulate why they believe what they do. They might agree with the Church’s teaching—that God exists, Jesus is God, the Bible is reliable, religion is good—but when pressed even a little by skeptical friends or family members to defend those views, they find themselves tongue-tied. That’s why this new book by Cardinal Wuerl is so welcome. Each of the short, accessible chapters gives a clear response to a difficult objection Catholics will inevitably hear. Even better, each answer is born from real pastoral experience. These aren’t the musings of a disconnected professor, locked in his ivory tower. They’re the responses of a spiritual father, in touch and in tune with real people asking difficult questions.” —Brandon Vogt, Content director for Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and author of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

          “In What Do You Want to Know? Cardinal Donald Wuerl is both authoritative and reliably tactful in facilitating and navigating the sometimes-contentious dialogue everyday Catholics face about their faith. These are the questions my students often ask, addressed with cogency, candor, and a pastor’s concern. Read this book if you need significant answers to the inquiries that arise at the intersection of widespread secularization and the Good News of Jesus Christ as the Catholic Church has boldly embraced it for two thousand years.” —Justin McClain, Catholic author and theology teacher at Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland

          About the author (2018)

          Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the archbishop of Washington. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

          Wuerl serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America, and chairman of both the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and also of The Papal Foundation. He serves on a number of Vatican congregations, councils, and commissions including those for the Doctrine of the Faith and for Bishops. He has served as chairman of various committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

          Wuerl is known for his teaching ministry and is involved in many education, health care, and social service organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and more than a dozen books, including the bestselling catechisms The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His recent books include The Church (2013), The Light Is On For You (2014), The Marriage God Wants for You (2015), and Ways to Pray

          Wuerl was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University in Rome, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986. Wuerl served as auxiliary bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as bishop of Pittsburgh for eighteen years until his appointment to Washington.

          Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is archbishop of Galveston-Houston.

          Excerpts at www.amazon.com/What-You-Want-Know-Challenging/dp/1594718199

  2. Let’s not forget The Cardinal from Philadelphia a few years back , when on the night before he was to testify on all the sexual abuse in the Philadelphia Diocese, met an Untimely Or Timely 💀 Death depending on whose side you were on and they quickly buried him ,no autopsy, nothing, just get him in the ground and be done with It ! As gpmtrad said in another post about delivering Lugers to The Motel Six in Rome , something was delivered to the Cardinals Quarters on the night before he was to testify! Wuerl is not there yet! But as they close in, another Cardinal may just have an untimely death 💀! But this one , Wuerl, would be buried with a lot of weeping and nashing of teeth and with a stirring eulogy! The Church will have dodged another fatal bullet ! Or did it ?

Leave a Reply