Bishop Lopes: I don’t believe bishops who plead ignorance of McCarrick

Plain talk from the Anglican crossover, established 2012 by Benedict:

Bishop Steven Lopes, the ordinary of the US ordinariate, has said he doesn’t believe his fellow-bishops who profess ignorance of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s wrongdoing.

In a homily delivered on Sunday 19 August, Bishop Lopes said that one kind of response to the McCarrick revelations was “not good enough. It’s the parade of cardinals and bishops who have rushed to the television cameras, clutching their pectoral crosses, saying, ‘I knew nothing.’

“I don’t believe it, and I am one of them.”

One of the youngest, as it happens, of “the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter . . . equivalent to a diocese, created by the Vatican in 2012 for people nurtured in the Anglican tradition who wish to become Catholic.”


Cardinal Wuerl: ‘I ask for forgiveness for my errors in judgment’

First thought on seeing this: B.S.

Second thought, reading this:

Cardinal Donald Wuerl has asked for forgiveness for his “errors in judgment” amid claims that he mishandled allegations of sexual abuse while a bishop.

If he thinks it’s errors or mishandling things, he still doesn’t get it.

Third thought: Lemme out o’ here!


Victoria Toensing Slams Sessions-appointed John Huber’s ‘Sham,’ ‘Potemkin Investigation’ of Obama-era corruption

And thinks it’s time Sessions got a new job somewhere.

[Outspoken DC lawyer] Toensing said it would take “new leadership,” because Jeff Sessions is a nice man, but clearly not fit for the job.

“He’s a southern gentleman. He doesn’t know how to kill at all,” she explained.

After show host Lou Dobbs said Republicans are weak and helpless in the face of corruption.

Southern gentleman part fits.

via Victoria Toensing Slams John Huber’s ‘Sham,’ ‘Potemkin Investigation’

Standby villain clericalism revisited. To be solved by bringing laity in on the act?

Ain’t necessarily so, says reader, longtime expert observer of the Chicago church:

Hopefully every diocese that will rely heavily on lay oversight will scrutinize those they choose.

Lay business managers in several Chicago parishes (and St. Joseph Seminary) stole hundreds of thousands under the nose of the priests.

Also we can’t have lay foxes watching the bishop-foxes, a.k.a. cronies and sycophants. Hard-nosed proven stalwarts are needed.

Sure, and do not bet the house on these stalwarts’ being brought into the situation. No sir.

Cardinal Blase Cupich Says Pope Francis Has a ‘Bigger Agenda’ Like Immigration and the Environment, and Should Avoid the Sexual Abuse ‘Rabbit Hole’ Sparked by Archbishop Viganò

He’s too busy with extracurricular activities to perform his assigned duties?

Say it isn’t so, your eminence. Do you approach your Chicago duties that way? Are you telling us Cook and Lake County residents about your own priorities?

Cupich dismisses Viganò claims as a ‘rabbit hole’

Friend Blase can run but he can’t hide.

See? They find him from across the pond, hearing him speaking as one with back to wall.

As for the rabbit hole imagery, Cupich used it shortly after he had mouthed the currently acceptable generality about who, actually what, is to blame — the demon clericalism. 

The clericalist mindset, responsible for so much of the scandal, must be purged from church life. As Pope Francis has urged, we need to remember that it is our baptism that unites us. We as a church must reflect more deeply on what we share in common, rather than what distinguishes us.

The one detail he specifies and endorses is the call from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the U.S. bishops conference president, for “substantial leadership by laity” in any future invesigation.

Nothing about lay people who have resigned such positions out of frustration with churchmen they had to work with — or registered their disgust after working with them. Illinois Supreme Court justice Anne Burke being one of the latter.

Clericalism remains an approved catch-all for blame, unspecified as to who, what, when, where, not even in the wake of recent detailed reports by the Pennsylvania attorney general and Archbishop Vigano, to name just two.

Anything is preferred to citing a gay network that binds McCarrick, Wuerl, and others who benefit from their patronage. Among whom appears to be Cupich of rabbit-hole fame, captured in all his glory by NBC-Chicago veteran Mary Ann Ahern.

Trump unique: Is a Republican Who Isn’t a ‘Zombie’

PayPal co-founder likes him because he’s real.

Peter Thiel is not ready to give up on defending President Donald Trump just yet.

The PayPal Holdings Inc. and Palantir Technologies Inc. co-founder praised Trump’s honesty, adding that unlike other Republican presidential hopefuls from the 2016 election, he isn’t a “zombie” and was the only candidate who addressed what Thiel considers politics’ biggest problem: political correctness.

“I got to meet a lot of people running for president on the U.S. Republican side in 2016 and they all felt like zombies,” he said during a Monday event on entrepreneurship in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “They couldn’t say anything different other than programmed ideological soundbites.”

Trump, Thiel said, is “a very healthy corrective to that.”

My thoughts precisely.

via Peter Thiel Says Trump Is the Republican Who Isn’t a ‘Zombie’ – BloombergQuint