Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s name removed from North Catholic High School

Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s name removed from North Catholic High School

[The beginning of LaDonna Cardinal’s “damnatio memoriae” (literally “condemnation of memory”, loosely “becoming as a nonperson” or “going down the memory hole”)? – AQ Tom]
BRIAN C. RITTMEYER | WednesdayAug. 22, 2018

Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s name will be removed from North Catholic High School, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Wednesday morning.

In a news release, the diocese said that the board of directors of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and the board of Catholic High Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh accepted Wuerl’s request to remove his name from the school in Cranberry.

Bishop David Zubik accepted the recommendations. The school’s name will be North Catholic High School.

Pressure to remove Wuerl’s name from the school grew after release of a grand jury report detailing sexual abuse of children by priests, and Wuerl’s handling of those allegations when he was bishop of Pittsburgh.

An online petition calling for the removal of Wuerl’s name garnered thousands of signatures – about 7,500 as of Wednesday morning – and an entrance sign at the school was discovered vandalized Monday with Wuerl’s name spray painted over.

The diocese cited an Aug. 16 letter from Wuerl, current archbishop of Washington, D.C., asking for his name to be taken off the school.

“In light of the circumstances today and lest we in any way detract from the purpose of Catholic education… I respectfully ask you to remove my name from it,” Wuerl wrote. “In this way, there should be no distraction from the great success of the school and, most importantly, the reason for the school – the students.”

The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School board recommended approval of Wuerl’s request on Aug. 17; the Catholic High Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh approved the recommendation on Monday, according to the diocese.

Zubik said he made his decision “in the best interest of the high school,” the release said. He also acknowledged Wuerl’s efforts to preserve and expand Catholic educational opportunities for Pittsburgh children.

“My concern is first, foremost and always for the students, that nothing overshadows their Catholic education” Zubik said.

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One comment on “Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s name removed from North Catholic High School

  1. [Another negligent churchman’s damnatio memoriae]

    New Catholic School Might Trade Disgraced Cardinal’s Name for Black Nun’s

    The Baltimore archbishop is considering naming a new Catholic school after the nun who founded the first order of black nuns and started the country’s first Catholic school for black children.

    AP- Aug. 22, 2018

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore archbishop is considering naming a new Catholic school after the nun who founded the first order of black nuns and started the country’s first Catholic school for black children.

    The Baltimore Sun reports a school opening in 2020 might feature the Mother Mary Lange’s name. It was originally supposed to be named for the late Cardinal William H. Keeler, accused of failing to act in the case of priests who abused children in Pennsylvania.

    Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori says Keeler’s name was dropped in light of the “painful revelations” in last week’s grand jury report.

    In a letter to the newspaper, [Baltimore Negro activist] Ralph Moore suggested honoring Lange. Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine says Lori is open to the idea, noting the school will serve a primarily black community.

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