Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Dispatch from the Dead Letter Office

THE MCCARRICK REPORT HOLDS NO ONE ACCOUNTABLE By Pieter Vree, New Oxford Review, May 2021In November 2020 the Vatican released its long-anticipated “Report on the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick.” It was... read more

McCarrick Report at odds with Cardinal Wuerl’s claims of ignorance

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, November 13, 2020 The McCarrick Report sheds new light on when former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, knew of allegations made against his predecessor, and what steps he and Vatican officials took to monitor or restrict McCarrick’s travel... read more

New interview, new revelations damage Pope’s credibility

By Phil Lawler | May 29, 2019 In his latest interview Pope Francis says that he does not remember whether or not Archbishop Vigano told him about Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct. He also insists that he knew “nothing, obviously, nothing, nothing” about McCarrick’s misconduct.... read more

Cardinal’s Former Secretary: Vatican Knew About McCarrick’s Misconduct Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo of Newark published excerpts from private correspondence on his website.

By Ed Condon, CNA, May 28, 2019 VATICAN CITY — A former priest-secretary to Theodore McCarrick has issued a report that claims to contain excerpted quotes from correspondence between the disgraced former cardinal and various Church officials. The quotes seem to contain admissions of... read more

Catholics to rally Saturday in nation’s capital to request ‘worthy shepherd’ as next D.C. archbishop

By Doug Doug Mainwaring WASHINGTON, D.C., February 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Concerned Catholics will rally in front of the Papal Ambassador’s residence in the nation’s capital on Saturday to deliver a strong message to the Holy See that the Church needs a “worthy shepherd” to... read more

Apostolic nuncio, not Wuerl, will celebrate Mass for Life

By Christine Rousselle, CNA, January 17, 2019 Cardinal Donald Wuerl will not celebrate the Jan. 18 Mass for Life, to be held at a youth rally before the annual March for Life. Wuerl was until today scheduled to be the principal celebrant of the Mass. In his stead will be Archbishop... read more

Cardinal Wuerl apologizes for his handling of McCarrick allegations

Last summer, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington twice denied hearing any accusations about sexual misconduct by his predecessor, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. By John Domen, WTOP, January 16, 2019 9:22 am WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl is again clarifying, and also apologizing,... read more

Wuerl knew McCarrick abuse allegations in 2004

By Ed Condon and JD Flynn, CNA, January 10, 2019 An allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was reported to Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence he knew nothing about McCarrick’s allegedsexual misconduct until 2018. Wuerl forwarded the report... read more

Superior orders outspoken priest on sex-abuse scandal to ‘cease and desist’

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSte, January 8, 2019 HOUSTON, Texas,  — A Catholic priest told to stop speaking out about certain aspects of the Church’s sexual-abuse scandal issued an appeal to Pope Francis for permission to keep talking about the crisis. Father Mark Goring, a member of the... read more

A Troubling Year in Review

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, December 17, 2018 One aspect of getting older, and wiser, is the shedding of once comforting, but in fact naïve illusions about individuals or groups. We normally trust that certain people and groups who profess to carry out a particular and demanding mission in... read more

Cupich to Head February Synod on Abuse, O’Malley Left Out

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  •  November 23, 2018 Chicago cardinal criticized for obstructing sex abuse reform VATICAN CITY ( - The pope has named Chicago's Cdl. Blase Cupich to the organizing committee for February's synod on... read more