In an earlier post, I observed that the local Catholic prelates were in "damage control mode". Well, now the "damage control" has morphed into "full panic meltdown". Earlier this week, the ADW launched a site called "The Wuerl Record". From what I understand, it was an attempt by the Cardinal to say that "golly gee-wizz, I'm not such a bad guy after all, yada-yada-yada." It sounds like it was an exercise at pure self-aggrandizement. I never got to see it for it didn't take too much time for the site to be laughed off the internet. Ed McFadden, Communications Director for the ADW, took responsibility for the fiasco; when he took it down, he announced "in hindsight, it was a mistake". One wonders if McFadden really is to blame for the bomb, or if he's just "taking it on the chin for the team". He is correct that it was a mistake.
That was how the Archdiocese of Washington tried to handle its public image. However, the Archdiocese sees the aggrieved Catholics who are angry at the Cardinal for allowing them an/or loved ones to be victimized. So what does a Prince of the Church do in that circumstance? Why, he seeks legal refuge! Will that work before God's Judgment Throne?
The skeptical reader might ask why I make such a big deal of these developments? Let me begin to answer by asking my own questions: How is all this being financed? Who is footing the bill? Hint: if you live in the Archdiocese of Washington, you can answer these questions by staring into your mirror. Consider that the next time you hear or see any whining and sniveling from your pastors about the "harm done" by denying the chancery your donation dollars.
By the way - in yesterday's Washington Post is an editorial entitled "Cardinal Wuerl Must Go". It is a rare occasion when I agree with the Post, but this is one of them.