A few days ago some of us wondered whether or not Cardinal Wuerl took flight. Well, he is back in town and offered Mass at Annunciation Church this morning. He tried a verbal tap dance around the mess. He then asked the parishioners in attendance to remain loyal to Pope Francis as "increasingly it is clear that he is the object of considerable animosity".
One parishioner just wasn't having any of that. He shouted "shame on you!" as he walked out of Mass. Another parishioner in the choir loft stood up, turned her back and folded her arms as Wuerl continued his spiel. Usually I'm not a fan of disburbances at Mass, but neither am I a fan of dissident clergy carrying on at Mass as though the congregation was their captive audience. That itself is its own disburbance.
I don't think these clergy should feel comfortable as they prattle on like that. They need to be made most decidedly uncomfortable if they continue to play faithful Catholics like patsies. Tomorrow lends to us another opportunity to do just that.
I have become aware of a gathering of priests tomorrow, Monday Sept 3, 5pm, at the Church of the Little Flower on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda MD. I am suggesting that Catholics congregate on the public sidewalk in front of the church along Massachutsetts Avenue to pray and offer reparation. If any do bring signs that ask for his resignation, please use language befitting Catholics - no profanity, imprecation, etc.