Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 06, 2005

Word from Washington is that Cardinal McCarrick told priests that his resignation has been declined by Pope Benedict, and he's likely to remain for another couple of years.

Uncle Di's valet is removing all sharp objects from his desk. Probably a good move.

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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Sep. 08, 2005 4:25 PM ET USA

    i feel pretty beat up, confused, lied to and i fear what the future bolds for us. i keep hoping that someone/something, God perhaps, will release a liturgical katrina and wash away the detritus from the church leadership. yet i know this not happpen and the evil ones will remain. this is so trying and painful for the faithful. i can only imagine what our holy priests are going through each day. please pray for our good and holy priests.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 12:40 PM ET USA

    I'm beginning to get concerned that the new Holy Father may not be as energetic in cleaning out the stables as I had hoped. McCarrick's retirement is deferred. Gumbleton remains in post long past his 75th birthday.Levada is promoted.I hope I'm wrong but I am reminded of the retired archbishop of Dublin ,Cardinal Connell . He had all the right instincts and was both orthodox and learned but he did nothing to stop his diocese falling to pieces.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 12:28 PM ET USA

    Let's review the bidding: Archbishop Levada moves from San Francisco to head the CDF. Cardinal McCarrick's resignation is turned down. Bishop Gumbleton has not yet been defrocked. Business as usual?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 06, 2005 7:44 PM ET USA

    I often enjoy your blogs, altar boy, including the one today. What's so funny is that Cdl. "just call me teddy" McCarrick might have written it, without being facetious. Look, anyone who's inquired on the matter knows that Cdl. McCarrick withheld the Truth (then-Cdl.Ratzinger's full letter) from those who had a right to know it (the rest of the bishops in the US). By definition, objectively, he lied. Pray that he went to the Sacrament of Penance, celebrated rightly, according to the Church.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2005 5:40 PM ET USA

    The cardinal didn't lie, special ops, that would have been a sin. What he did, rather, was to interpret and instruct his fellow bishops on Ratzinger's theologically complex letter. If McCarrick made a mistake, it was certainly unintended. No big deal there. After all, it's not like he denied the Real Presence.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Sep. 06, 2005 5:29 PM ET USA

    I hope this was a tactical maneuver & NOT a vote of confidence. Either way, though more so if it was the later, it's just plain old sad.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 06, 2005 3:49 PM ET USA

    I heard that Cdl. T. McCarrick's retirement was accepted by fax machine... especially in light of the fact that Cdl. "Just call me Teddy" McCarrick actually lied about what then-Cardinal Ratzinger said & wrote regarding Holy Communion & obstinate, persistent pro-abortion pols. The Church would be better off with a sede vacante in DC than to have a cardinal who lies to and about the Church, the successor to Saint Peter, and the Church's Teaching.

  • Posted by: I am Canadian! - Sep. 06, 2005 2:15 PM ET USA

    You know Uncle Di, maybe this is a sign that the Vatican wants to take its time with appointment to put the right bishop in place which requires some time consuming homework to be done. Perhaps the Vatican will select bishops more carefully after having a few bad apples that never should have become bishops in the first place. This to me is a sign that the Vatican is taking stock before making any hasty decisions that will haunt us in the future.