|At The Mass Ave entrance|
I too watched the cars for Cardinal Wuerl; later I found out that he had already scurried in. I was praying the Rosary when a woman walked down from the parish grounds to chat with me. Apparently she is a registered parishioner and tried to stop inside the Church to visit the Blessed Sacrament. She was told she couldn't do so, as there was a "private function" occurring. I don't recall whether or not she was aware of Wuerl's presence. Regardless, does Canon Law permit the barring of Catholics from praying in their own Church?
At about 5:15 I headed to my car and drove to the other entrances. Both were towards the back, away from Mass Ave. I took pictures. Here's one to the west of the church, Yes, you are looking at three county cruisers.
The bottom picture is the last entrance to the east of the church, at Kirkwood and Jordan. Two cruisers block that entrance.
|At Kirkwood and Jordan|
Of what was the chancery and/or parish afraid? Were they afraid that Neumayr or I or someone else might have dared to (gasp!) ask the cardinal a question? Neumayr asked one of them who called them there. The officer said their lieutenant ordered them there. That makes sense; those officers really had no say; they were dispatched to Little Flower so off they went. The question is, who requested their presence, and why? We Montgomery County citizens have a right to know for that was paid by our tax dollars.
So what happened inside that meeting? Were the priests allowed to voice their concerns? Or did they have the pope's sanctimonious demands for "silence" (see here and here) cast into their teeth?