George Neumayr penned a piece called "Reaping the Wuerl Wind" that appears in American Spectator. All in all, I think his article is spot-on. Among other things, he says the move to remove Burke and replace him with Wuerl "deserves a special place in the annals of in-your-face papal politics". Frankly, that is the first thing that occurred to me when I first saw the reports.
When the first papal bloopers came out, Catholic pollyannas were rushing over themselves to convince us that the fuzzy comments were just a brilliant piece of Jesuit-talk to get us to ponder the "deeper meanings" or other such nonsense. Well, ok. I suppose that these latest incidents (the Burke-Wuerl exchange and the upset over the Franciscans celebrating the Tridentine rite) are a way of drawing out defenders of orthodoxy to speak out. They certainly are.
- From Pat Archibald
- From Ann Coulter (speaking about an earlier gaffe)
- A whole bevy of pro-life leaders
We will pray for our Holy Father, but we will - for the sake of Holy Mother Church -speak out.