First Levada, now this

First Levada, now this

The Archdiocese of Washington sent the following press release (which isn’t up on their web site yet) around last night:

Cardinal McCarrick’s Resignation Not Accepted at this Time

Last night, during the annual Labor Day gathering for the priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick told them he had been notified that Pope Benedict XVI has decided the Cardinal should continue as Archbishop of Washington at this time. He was notified of the Pope’s decision by a letter from the Apostolic Nuncio. He likely will continue to serve as archbishop for another two or so years. As required under canon (Church) law, Cardinal McCarrick had
offered his resignation to the Holy Father on his 75th birthday, July 7, 2005.

“I accept the Holy Father’s decision with gratitude and confidence,” Cardinal McCarrick said. “The confidence is based on the fact that I can count on the help of God for the grace to continue to serve the people of the Archdiocese whom the Lord loves so much. The gratitude comes from the privilege of working my brother bishops and priests, deacons and religious, whose generosity and zeal I have already experienced over the last four and a half years….”

Help is not on the way. Who exactly is informing Pope Benedict about the internal affairs of the Church in the US? Whoever it is needs to be replaced.

Our one consolation is the promise of Jesus Christ that the gates of hell shall not prevail. Doesn’t mean it won’t get dicey down here.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli