Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I do not believe that Cardinal Wuerl did not know about what happened in Trenton, Metuchen, and Newark

I do not believe that Cardinal Wuerl did not know of the settlements.  

He may not have seen the settlement documents and the paper trail, but he knew.  The story has been around for years.

And, you shouldn't believe him either.   

Let's send a message: NO CCHD!


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Donald Wuerl knew nothing of the abuse settlements paid to sex abuse victims of his predecessor Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, according to a letter sent to priests of the Archdiocese of Washington.
The letter, which came from Archdiocesan Vicar General Monsignor Charles Antonicelli, informed priests in the Archdiocese: “Neither the Archdiocese of Washington nor Cardinal Wuerl knew about these confidential settlements until this most recent credible and substantiated allegation against Cardinal McCarrick was made public.”

For the complete LifeSiteNews story, go here

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Catholic Relief Services is a major funder of contraception lobbyists

July 23, 2018 (Lepanto Institute) – The majority of the largest international aid and development agencies are all intertwined, like a big net, so it is not uncommon for an investigation of one part of this net to provide leads for new investigations.  While researching the involvement of Catholic organizations in the Sphere Project, the Lepanto Institute discovered three Catholic agencies identified as dues-paying members of an organization that strongly and openly pushes contraception.

For the complete story, go to:  LifeSite News.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Funeral Wakes -- Back Then...

The incident in Southern Maryland, once again, has led me to think about funeral wakes, when I was a child and now.  I have thought about this a great deal over the last few years.  As someone who has attended a number of wakes, I have noticed a much more relaxed atmosphere (almost like you were going to a party) in what people wear and how they behave.

When I was a child, many years ago...
  • Men wore black or dark blue or navy suits.  Some wore dark grey, but never light grey.  Those who wore grey, were usually guys who worked in offices as managers, or a profession, like accounting.  However, almost everyone adult male I knew, had at least one black or dark blue suit.  You wore it to funerals, to weddings, to first Communions, etc.
  • Men also wore white shirts with black ties.  Some of the blue collar guys I knew, would wear a light blue shirt -- but without any sort of design.  Just a simple blue shirt.  If they did not have a black tie, then it was usually dark blue or navy blue. Sometimes the tie had a little design -- small dots or diamonds.  But never anything with too much color.
  • Men wore black shoes, with black socks. No brown, no boat shoes, etc.
  • The only time I remember men not wearing a suit, was if they stopped at the funeral parlor during work or immediately after work, knowing that they could not make it home to change and back in time.  They were truck drivers, electricians, plumbers, etc.  Everyone understood that these were working men and appreciated the fact that they came to pay their respects.
  • Women usually wore black dresses, especially both immediate and distant relatives.  If they did not wear black, they usually wore something dark.  Of course, dark shoes (black, navy blue) were the norm.
  • Boys (usually up to the age of 11 or so) wore white collar shirts, dark pants (usually navy) and shoes.  Sometimes a tie, which usually lasted only part of the way through the wake, esp. if it was summer.  No shorts, no jeans, no t-shirts, no sneakers, etc.  
  • And to be honest, I cannot remember what little girls wore.  I don't recall seeing many at funeral wakes.

At the funeral parlor...
  • Wakes were held at a funeral home or parlor.  The only time a wake was held in a church, was for a priest.  
  • A male member of the family, usually greeted those who had come to pay their respects, at the entrance of the wake.  Sometimes, they would bring the person(s) up to the other members of the family and introduce them. The spouse and female children usually sat in the front row of the wake, and thanked people for coming.  
  • People talked in hushed tones. There was no laughter or joking.  That was reserved for outside of the funeral home.  And if there was any of that inside where the viewing was taking place, all heads would turn at the offender.
  • Most of the time, people sat in silence.  
  •  Crying and at times, in a loud voice, someone (usually the parent or surviving spouse) calling out as to why this person had to go so soon. 
  • Wakes were typically two days (at least two evening and one afternoon viewing, as they were called).
  • Always, a priest showed up about 8pm to say the Rosary for the deceased.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Congratulations to Sacred Heart Council #2577 (KofC)

Sacred Heart Council of Bowie, MD hosted its 19th Dave Grabowski Memorial Pro-Life Classic to benefit The Gabriel Network.  The event raised $12,000 to support this pro-life ministry.   Here is their website.  

Thanks to Melvin for sharing this with me.  

If your Council would like to be recognized for pro-life work, please send me an email with the details.  awashingtondccatholic@gmail.com

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Some Background on Fr. Briese

When the story about Fr. Briese broke, there was a huge amount of hate directed to him.  However, what most do not know is about the good that he has done in the community.  


The Rev. Michael Briese makes his daily rounds going out to various apartments, hotels and homeless encampments in the area delivering food to those in need. 

The Saint Mary Catholic Church, Newport priest attempts to learn about the people he meets; finding out their name and phone number, how many people are in their family and how they got to where they are now in an effort to form a relationship with them and in turn be some kind of encouragement to help them get back on their feet.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on Funeral at St. Mary’s Church in Charlotte Hall

You can read the statement from the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as, the text of the letter to the local community from Fr. Briese, published in The Independent.  You can read it all here