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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 24, 2010

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who has devoted so much of his episcopal career to the effort to make everyone comfortable, is approaching his 80th birthday, and already the celebrations have begun.

(No, I don’t mean the celebrations of the fact that as of July 7, “Uncle Teddy” will be ineligible to vote in a papal conclave—although that’s definitely reason enough to chill the champagne.)

At a Mass in Washington, DC for the retired Archbishop, one of the readings was done by Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association, whose role in helping assure passage of the health-care reform bill had recently drawn the ire of Cardinal Francis George, the president of the US bishops’ conference.

It’s possible that Sister Keehan was chosen because of her clear, resonant voice. More likely—and we’re talking dollars-to-donuts here—she was chosen as a signal that in the benign view of Cardinal Ted, we’re all still friends, despite our little disagreements on subjects such as whether or not babies should be dismembered in the womb.  

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  • Posted by: Bigs2480 - Jun. 28, 2010 2:22 PM ET USA

    Sometimes I disagree with Cardinal McCarrick's approach and actions. However, I heard him speak once at a DC Theology on Tap. That talk and Pope Benedict's book "God is Near Us" helped me believe in the presence of our Lord in the Eucharist, which ultimately led me to the Church. Therefore, his Eminence played no small part in my conversion and I am forever grateful.

  • Posted by: sparch - Jun. 25, 2010 9:49 AM ET USA

    unum, I agree. These are the people who beleive they know better than the heirarchy of the church because they wish to assume to the head of that table. The very leadership positions they rail against are the one's they themselves want to ascend. This twisted outlook spreads confusion in the church.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 25, 2010 9:22 AM ET USA

    See SM Winters "America": And, if you do need to "send a signal" to your brother bishops, you do so gently, thoughtfully, not in an antagonistic way, not by running to a right-wing media outfit and giving a tendentious leak. Yesterday, we saw an example of "a conference man" subtly, but effectively, letting his thoughts be known to his brother bishops. At a special Mass to commemorate his eightieth birthday, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick asked Sister CarKeehan to proclaim the reading.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 25, 2010 9:19 AM ET USA

    I've read a lot of prelates in my time and Cardinal McCarrick was one of them.

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 25, 2010 5:34 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Teddy and Sister Carol are leaders of the progressive movement in the U.S. Church that believes it understands God's will better than those entrusted with the leadership of the Church. I'm afraid that their egos are in for a shock when they finally meet their maker face to face and have to explain why they spread confusion and doubt among the faithful in exchange for the approval of political progressives.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jun. 24, 2010 7:09 PM ET USA

    So sad that Cardinal McCarrick has always lacked the courage to stand up for Truth. His desire to be liked by everyone got in the way.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 24, 2010 6:34 PM ET USA

    Hey, Diogenes, I would feel more comfortable with Cardinal McCarrick if you could tell me why he was expelled from Xavier High School in Manhattan and finished high school at Fordham Prep.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Jun. 24, 2010 6:14 PM ET USA

    With prelates like this on the loose, no wonder lay Catholic web pages like have sprung up. Online readers of the faithful variety might want to check this one out. RCTV and toe the orthodox line and let us know when clerics or recalcitrant lay people wander off in lala land.