such sweet sorrow

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 18, 2006

He calls his weekly letter "Thinking of You" -- probably the most ill-named feature of its kind in ecclesiastical journalism (though Milwaukee's "Herald of Hope" column, in its Weakland years, was a strong contender). Washington's newly-retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick wants you to know that he feels your pain at his departure:

Even though I know that some of you in your great kindness might have some feelings of sadness about my retirement, I really want to assure you that the coming of Archbishop Donald Wuerl is the best thing that could happen to this beloved Archdiocese of Washington. He is truly a very good man.

If we have your word on the matter, Eminence, that's good enough for me.

One thing for sure you will always know. Wherever I am, I will always be thinking of you with love and tremendous gratitude. Even though possibly one or two of you may miss my regular column, you know that my prayer, my affection and my deepest appreciation for all of you and for your wonderful kindnesses to me will always be uppermost in my heart.

No need to caricature McCarrick. He's a mccarrickature of himself.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 20, 2006 1:10 AM ET USA

    Recently, Cdl. "Teddy" McCarrick has been preaching (read: misleading) about something that he & his friends call "centrism," claiming that Successors to the Apostles need to walk some "middle road" with regard to Church Teaching so as to pull in all the people of diversity (read: gays/lesbians & pro-aborts & cafeteria "Catholics"). Another word for McCarrick & Co.'s "centrism" is "lukewarm." And Jesus Christ is very clear about the lukewarm: He spews them out of His mouth (Revelation 3:16).

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 2:39 PM ET USA

    McCarrick is generally unknown to me, but the impression comes across from those of you who do know him that he is a legend in his own mind. I once heardof a priest who went overboard on humility so that he introduced himself to another saying: My name is nothing. I do not get that impression about McCarrickor or Mahony who had to have his cathedral made one foot longer than St. Patrick's. Extra expense for ego? For others not selfshould be the rule.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 11:24 AM ET USA

    I just want to know who he will be addressing his prayers to - Allah or the Holy Trinity.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 10:26 AM ET USA

    I just finished reading that nauseating Washington Post article. Somewhere -- Diogenes probably remembers -- CS Lewis mentioned about there being something unseemly about a man proud of his humility. True to the Screwtape Letters, the pridefully humble blow their cover by using the "I" word so many times.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 8:57 AM ET USA

    Who do you say that he is? Charity deters a response!

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 8:26 PM ET USA

    Out goes "tweedle-dee", in comes "tweedle-dum."

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - May. 18, 2006 1:14 PM ET USA

    listed some of his regrets the Cardinal lamented not bringing peace to the world and moderating the tone of political discourse... harrumph

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 7:22 AM ET USA

    "Enough about me, what do *you* think of me?"