Moderates lament McCarrick's loss

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 31, 2006

The headline says it all.

Update: Did I speak too soon? I hadn't noticed this (subscription-only) NCR story in praise of McCarrick:

The Washington Post praised him as "humble by nature" and "disarmingly impish." The New York Times hailed him as a "natural diplomat." Fr. Robert Drinan, a Catholic priest who once served as a Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, said McCarrick had "no enemies" in his archdiocese.

Taken in proper context, I guess the initial headline does say it all, after all.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 3:53 PM ET USA

    The written statement from Land o' Lakes is easy to find online. One current link is That version lists the signatories. Phil's Catholic World Report published an excellent piece on Land o' Lakes, included in a book review by a Msgr. George A. Kelly, on Nov. 20, 2001. Perhaps you can dig it out of the archives. With many others, I believe Land o' Lakes was critical to the corruption of U. S. universities & seminaries after Vatican II.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 3:49 PM ET USA

    Glad to oblige, Vincit! Land o' Lakes represents, many believe, one of the greatest mistakes in Catholic history in the U. S. A. A very Jesuit-heavy group of U. S. Catholic university higher-ups met in the summer of 1967, no doubt in 'the spirit of Vatican II', to articulate a new vision for the U. S. Catholic university. McCarrick was there as a President or Rector. Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame was there. The written statement of the group flies hard in the face of Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 01, 2006 2:32 PM ET USA

    "Land o' Lakes Declaration" okay, I'll bite. what is it? any links to research?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 12:26 PM ET USA

    It is a shame that none of the reports on the acceptance of McCarrick's resignation & none of the summaries of his career that I have been able to read mention the fact - one that CWNews regulars might recall is a fact to which I attach great significance - that McCarrick, as a young Rector of a Catholic university (in Puerto Rico) in August, 1967, signed the Land o' Lakes Declaration. I'd be happy as a clam to see CWNews, CWReport, or First Things publish a feature on this. The time is right.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 12:46 AM ET USA

    Very appropriate photo - the last person you would expect to see the cardinal with would be a Catholic.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 31, 2006 11:29 PM ET USA

    Cardinal "just call me Teddy" McCarrick, is positioned nearly right in the center. Indeed, centrism is what he has been & continues to be preaching, in word & deed. Centrism=50-yard-line-Catholicism=lukewarmness. And Jesus Christ, the Only Savior of the world, is very clear about the lukewarm (Revelation 3:16). Please, Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, please impose "Fr. Maciel" sanctions on such a traitor as Cdl. Teddy... for the good of the Church.... please... St. Josemaria, pray for us.

  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2006 7:18 PM ET USA

    The dark sunglasses give a kind of "Matrix 2 Reloaded" uber-cool street cred vibe to the proceedings.

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 31, 2006 3:24 PM ET USA

    If a priest has "'no enemies' in his diocese", something seems fishy to me.

  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2006 2:26 PM ET USA

    Now, now, now. Deus caritas est.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - May. 31, 2006 2:26 PM ET USA

    A few more suggested captions: "Our capable and friendly staff is ready to serve you." "Could one of you gentlemen show me how to grow a beard?" "One, two, three...Kumbaya, my lord, Kumbaya..." "I know I put my Catechism around here somewhere. "Wait...where's the Wiccan Priestess? We must be inclusive!"

  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2006 2:18 PM ET USA

    I haven't noticed any compliments from Pope Benedict on McCarrick's tenure. He sure won't get any from me (I have the misfortune to have lived, not only in Washington, D.C. during his tenure, but also in Metuchen, N.J., when he was the bishop there). The notion that he is one of the "great" bishops is just laughable. He was barely competent, that is, when he was actually in residence. He WAS a "natural diplomat" because he stood for NOTHING and would acquiesce to ANYTHING.

  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2006 1:32 PM ET USA

    He says he plans on learning Arabic. Maybe he will convert to Islam. Not that Moslems would approve of his activities at his beach house. With the appointment of the effete McCarrick-clone Don Wuerl as his replacement, the Vatican sends the message that it approves of his behaviour. I guess the policy is still not to rock the boat and keep the church out of bad press.

  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2006 1:17 PM ET USA

    Very colorful, Di! Especially the cat in the emerald green robe. But wouldn’t our guy have looked better in cape and biretta? And check out that imam; he’s looking quite stylish in his elegantly draped black robe with brilliant gold trim and neatly trimmed beard. Those orthodox, though, are so dour looking in all black. I’d recommend some nice silver piping on the sleeves and, perhaps, sequins on the shoulders. And the blind rabbi--in basic prayer shawl and tasteful fedora--what a nice touch!

  • Posted by: - May. 31, 2006 12:28 PM ET USA

    I have a new caption (or epithet) that can be used the next time the "we can't refuse communion to a pro-abort politician" prelate appears in the limelight: "Caesar's Pet" -- play on "Teacher's Pet" purely intentional. Would any of these prelates have denied Caesar or Herod communion if they had been baptized and had some "troublesome" stances on doctrine? I doubt it.