Saturday, February 16, 2019

McCarrick Dismissed from the Clerical State

As had been widely expected, the Vatican today announced it had removed Theodore Edgar McCarrick from the clerical state.

You can read the full story here.

Question:  Will McCarrick continue to live at the monastery?  Who will pay for his room and board?  Will it continue to be the Archdiocese of Washington? 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Archdiocese Annual Appeal - Someone is missing. Is it you?

In the last issue of the Catholic Standard (January 24, 2019), they were so excited to let everyone know that 39,000 people had given over $14million.  

Now, on the surface this seems wonderful.  However, this worry the Archdiocese.

What they did not tell you, is that the number of people who have contributed over the last 10 plus years, has dropped from 47,000 to 39,000.  In other words, there are over 8,000 fewer people contributing.

This was a trend that I highlighted in March 2011 on this blog.  Although the Archdiocese was able to meet the goal, there are simply fewer and fewer people giving.  

Will 2019 become the tipping point?  Will this year once again see fewer donations and fewer donors?  Don't know but will keep watching.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Catholic Standard Review (January 24, 2019)

Well, once again, I do a quick review to let you know what you can look forward to in this week's issue of the Catholic Standard.

  • Three are still no photos, and as far as I can tell, no mention of Cardinal Wuerl.  Let's see how long that will last.
  • We see a couple of stories on the March for Life.
  • According to the page 5 story, the Annual Appeal exceeded 99% of the goal.  Now, what is most interesting, is that 34,000 donors provided $14million in funds. More about this in another blog posting.
  • The Maryland Catholic Conference will be pushing for the regular stuff.  However, I note that they are not publicly advocating for illegal aliens, as in the past.  Could it be because of the blow back in previous years?
  • Catholic Schools Week.  I am always supporting of Catholic Schools Week.  However, in the list of noted Catholic School graduates, they list Muriel Bowser, the Democrat party (not Democratic) Mayor of DC.  It should be noted that she is a big pro-abortion and gay rights supporterEpic Fail on that one, Catholic Standard.  
  • Article on USCCB Education Secretary.  Didn't know we had one.
  • Congrats to the St. Mary's (Landover Hills) for winning the Maryland Cyber Robotics Coding Competition.
  • World Youth Day has a couple of articles and a cover photo. 
  • Obit on Rev. Charles Currie by Catholic News Service.  When you quote Rep. Nancy Pelosi, you know that this is one of those priests that have led the church down the wrong path

Monday, January 21, 2019

Catholic Standard Update (January 10, 2019)

It has been a very long time, since I did a review of the Catholic Standard, the bi-weekly English newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington.  I have been wanted to do this for a while, but things get in the way.

So, here is my review of the January 10th edition:

  • There is a name change to the Cardinal's Appeal.  I was correct that there would be a name change and partially right about the name.   It is now known as the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Washington.   
  • Regarding the Annual Appeal, according to the story on Page 3, we must remember that it is not about a particular person or institution.  Yet, for the past umpteen years, we had either Cardinals McCarrick or Wuerl gracing almost every photo in relation to the appeal.  (Note: Don't give.)
  • There are no photos of Cardinal Wuerl.
  • Cardinal Wuerl is mentioned as the principal celebrant of the Pro-Life Mass.  This of course changed in a few days before.  
  • The Financial Report for FY2017-2018 is presented.  I wanted to point out two things that I noticed.    
    • The pension fund is underfunded by $27million
    • The Archdiocese spends $6million on Catholic Education, but an additional $26million on Catholic Educational Organizations.
    • Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School gets $5.9million from the Archdiocese.  This explains why the Standard seems to give a great deal of press coverage to this school.  In addition, I did not remember hearing anything when the school was being set up, that the Archdiocese would be contributing to it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Does Cardinal Wuerl think he can fool us? Does he really think that we are that stupid?

Here is Cardinal Wuerl's letter to priests of the Archdiocese of Washington.  

Does he really think that the priests in the Archdiocese are that stupid?  Does he think that this letter would not get out to the faithful?

Does Chieko Noguchi, Director of Media Relations for the Archdiocese of Washington really think that we are buying this? 

Oh, and I have learned that the Cardinal's Appeal will not be called that this year.  It will be called either the "Annual Appeal" or "Archdiocese Annual Appeal."