One my reader's was so upset over the way Fr. Marcel was thrown under the bus, that he called the Archdiocese and cancelled his pledge to the Cardinal's Appeal.
Here is what he wrote to me:
I just found your blog and love it. I called the Cardinal's Appeal office this morning and cancelled my pledge for 2012. When asked why, I said I was offended over the treatment of Fr. Marcel, and this was the only voice I had. The person on the other end began to say something, and then decided to only say: Have a nice day.
For a number of years, I have called for Catholics in this Archdiocese not to give. (I don't give, but at one time I did.) Not because I think that the Cardinal and the staff in Hyattsville are living it up on cruises and cocktail parties, but because I believe we need to send a message to the Cardinal that we will no longer tolerate his stance on handling pro-abortion/anti-family politicians.
Therefore, if you feel the spirit move you, I call upon you to cancel your Cardinal's Appeal donation. This seems to be the only way left to get through to the Cardinal.
If you do, let me know and the reaction from the Archdiocese.
Finally, if you decide to cancel, please take that money and give it directly to a good Catholic charity, like your local Catholic school, St. Ann's Home, a religious community, The Jean Juegen Residence, etc. Don't spend it on a fancy dinner, the movies, etc. You designated that money for a Catholic organization, then follow through.