In today's bulletin was an insert from the Archdiocese of Washington containing Cardinal Wuerl's statement regarding Cardinal McCarrick's situation. This probably went into the bulletins of all the ADW churches. It is to the right. Click on it to open it in a new window if it is too small to read.
What caught my eye is the statement that is the third line from bottom in the body of Wuerl's statement. The Cardinal asks prayers for "the survivor who stepped forward". Survivor?? In order for a person to be a "survivor", there must be a traumatic event that he/she survived. So just what did this individual survive?
I suspect this choice of language was probably not well-considered from the chancery's perspective precisely because it indicates that the allegations are true.
UPDATE - A friend pointed out to me that Cardinal Wuerl's comment about no case being lodged against Cardinal McCarrick here only pertained to abuse of minors. No reference - including denial - is made to any abuse of seminarians or adults. That means there could be cases. They do have a way with words, don't they?
“What can I do to help resolve the crisis in the Church?” “Pray and act.” By action, make known your dissatisfaction to the American bishops, to the Holy See, and to your fellow Catholics. Prayer is all-powerful. God wants us to pray to Him for the graces we need to remedy the evils we find in the Church today. Our prayers remind us that we are totally dependent upon God, and that God wants us to exercise our love for Him in the sweet duty of seeking His help. We must also act to stir the shepherds of the Church to recognize the serious problems we face and to do whatever is necessary to resolve these problems.
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