Where’s Wuerldo?

Where’s Wuerldo?

 

Yesterday, both Church Militant and LifeSiteNews reported that Wuerl was in hiding while “final plans for sneaking him out of the country are executed,” according to Michael Voris.

From Claire Chretien at LifeSiteNews:

According to Voris, who says he received this information from reliable sources, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) may open up a RICO case against the Catholic Church. RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is a 1970 anti-organized crime, anti-racketeering law.

Because Wuerl would be a prime target of such a case, according to Voris, Pope Francis wants him out of the country lest he reveal “all he knows” because any potential DOJ case would lead to the Vatican.

“They are trying to sneak him out of the nation under Vatican diplomatic secrecy,” said Voris, noting Wuerl has backed out of a number of public events after the Pennsylvania news broke, and speculating he may be hiding at a hotel in the nation’s capital. Voris said priests of the archdiocese received a letter from Wuerl saying he was looking forward to seeing them during Labor Day weekend.

Voris elaborated:

Church Militant sources in D.C. confirm that Wuerl has completely gone off the grid — his cell phone has been shut off, he has not been in his private apartment for a number of days, all public appearances have been canceled and he has not even shown up for the weekly private confessions he offers for his priests.

Insiders believe he is holed up in a hotel in the greater D.C. metropolitan area while final plans for sneaking him out of the U.S. are executed.

Following the 2002 Boston Globe revelations of the homosexual clergy child sex abuse scandal there, Cdl. Bernard Law of Boston departed the United States for Rome and never returned to the country, shielding him from any possible prosecution.

Voris did not, however, explain anything about the “reliable sources” that had revealed this information to him. At the time of the Church Militant report, there was no outlet corroborating the story except for the rehash at LSN. Nevertheless, rumors continued, and I saw at least two different people on social media claim that Wuerl is already in Rome.

Today, Catholic journalist (and Cardinal Wuerl’s apparent personal nemesis) George Neumayr wrote:

Later today, D.C.-area priest Fr. Kevin Cusick tweeted:

Fr. Kevin M. Cusick (Blue Check Mark here)@MCITLFrAphorism

BREAKING: An Archdiocesan source would neither confirm nor deny that Cardinal Wuerl is currently in Rome.

The pseudonymous Roman priest-blogger “Monsignor Ferrari” later tweeted:

Monsignor Ferrari@ServizioVatican

Rumours in Rome earlier, Wuerl is here but maybe CM is right, that he is hiding, fleeing arrest possible arrest and about to come here.
If he is going to be arrested, this will be a tremendous blow to Francis’ regime

Christine Niles@ChristineNiles1

Vatican plans escape hatch for Wuerl to escape federal prosecution. www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/breaking-news-exclusive-wuerl-bombshell 

The fact is, nobody seems to know where Cardinal Wuerl is – though he is, according to a letter sent to the priests of his diocese, supposed to be present with them at an event on Labor Day.

This would be extremely humorous if it weren’t all so serious. Nevertheless, I find myself amused at the absurdity of it all. And while I chose the “Where’s Wuerldo?” approach to this latest bizarre chapter in ecclesiastical leadership, my friend Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute came up with an equally good motif:

Feel free to use either if the Spirit – as Francis might say – moves you.

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3 comments on “Where’s Wuerldo?

  1. He’s baaaaack!
    Cardinal Wuerl’s Aug. 30 letter to priests
    [my comments below]
    Thursday, August 30, 2018 11:01 AM
    (Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, sent the following letter to priests on August 30, 2018. In an email to which the letter was linked, the cardinal noted, “In this time of so much distress and pain, I send you this letter in the hope that it might tell you of my desire to be close to you and the people entrusted to your pastoral care, particularly as you prepare for this weekend’s Masses.”)

    Dear Brother Priest,

    I very much look forward to our time together on Labor Day, first in prayer and then in conversation. With all the disconcerting news and terrible revelations that have happened, and with such rapidity, I recognize that I have not been as close to you as I need to be to help you and me minister to the people we both love and serve.

    Last Sunday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, as so many of you did in your own parish church, I offered Holy Mass – a Liturgy focused on the spiritual context for so much of the pain, suffering, darkness and disillusionment brought on by the sexual abuse of children and young people by priests and its cover-up by bishops. Whatever our response to this spiritual crisis, it has to begin at the altar – and in prayer.

    As so many of you did, we prayed first for the survivors – those who bear the scars of abuse. On too many occasions over these past three decades as a bishop, I have sat with survivors and their families to listen, to try to be present, to pray and often simply to cry together. [I wanna cry, Donna.]

    At the Cathedral, as I am sure you did, we also prayed for the whole Church – the Body of Christ – wounded by the shame and horror of these egregious actions. It is our people who also bear a deep hurt because they love their Church and do not know what is coming next. Thank you for being there with them, even when there is so little to say, other than prayer. Your, and I hope my own, ministry is the beginning of some healing.

    My prayers and what I asked of those at Mass are also for you. Each priest – all of us – somehow bears the joys and sorrows of one another because we are all rightly seen as sharers in the priesthood. Your ministry is a precious gift to those you serve – to the Body of Christ. I want you to know my desire – even if I have not well expressed it – to be close to you. [Men, get those pie tins in place.] In the rush to get information to you, I failed to share fully with you my spiritual and fraternal care and offer you and our faithful people a strong sign of pastoral leadership. I hope this effort today and our Labor Day gathering will clearly show my great appreciation, not to say affection, for all of you, my brother priests and the recognition of your efforts to be pastorally present to our people in their struggles.

    I ask you, as I did at the Cathedral, for prayers for me, for forgiveness for my errors in judgment, for my inadequacies, and also for your acceptance of my contrition [what a piece of work he is!] for any suffering I have caused, as well as the grace to find, with you, ways of healing, ways of offering fruitful guidance in this darkness.

    This Sunday in our churches all across this great archdiocese, I ask you please to let your people – the men, women and children – we love and minister to and hold in our pastoral care know that I do recognize and share their pain. Let them know I wish I could wipe it away even though that is simply not possible. I would give anything, [Anything? Your $43M palace?] as would all of us, to turn the clock around and have the Church do everything right. But I do join them in sorrow for all that has happened. I plead for their prayerful support as I with you and them try to do whatever I can to help move this Church closer to the pathway that leads us from this darkness.

    At the Mass this Sunday that I shall celebrate, I hope to offer some thoughts on how we as a Church – all of us laity, religious and clergy – might begin with faith strengthened in prayer to discern that level of reform rooted in accountability and transparency that would permit the Church to enter a new era. [It’s in the past, folks, so let’s move along.]

    Finally, we need to hold close in our prayers and loyalty our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Increasingly, it is clear that he is the object of concentrated attack. [Redirect. It’s about Viganò] At each Mass we pray for him by name. As we do so with our voices may we do so as well with our hearts.

    Dear brother in the Lord, I hope you will sense something of my anguish [Oh, we do, Eminence, we do!] for those who have suffered and my sorrow for any of my failures to be there for both the abused and all who now feel a sense of alienation. In my heart, I now ask myself what is the way I can best serve this Church that I, too, much love. [All you need is love. Get Wuerl’s “Catholic Vision of Love,” the ultimate sex initiation program for youngsters.]

    Would you please let the faithful you serve know of my love, my commitment to do whatever is necessary to right what is wrong, and my sincere solidarity with you and them.

    Faithfully in Christ,

    Cardinal Donald Wuerl

    Archbishop of Washington

  2. Neumayr reports W is returning this weekend from summit meeting with F in Rome and will be at a MD meeting with priests on Monday. Unconfirmed but Neumayr is regarded as a reliable reporter and commentator.

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