Tuesday, September 06, 2005

No Goodbyes Just Yet


Hot off the presses from the archdiocese of Washington:

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....”

So much for the "imminent" timetable... Viva il Ted!



Blogger patrick said...

This seems to be a vindication of McCarrick of sorts. If he were the humbug that some say he is, I think that Benedict would have accepted the resignation already. I'm very pleased by this development.

6/9/05 13:04  
Blogger Donna Bethell said...

Or maybe B16 just doesn't have McCarrick's replacement ready yet. He is willing to move deliberately and on his own timetable.

Waiting in Washington...

6/9/05 17:12  
Blogger Old Oligarch said...

I hope B16 is just waiting to get his intel in line for the replacement. Perhaps the nuncio's asleep at the switch.

Teddy Mac has chased the Latin Novus Ordo out of a few churches, including the National Shrine, coddles the active homosexuals who attend the 5pm liturgy at his cathedral in Dupont Circle, and has done his damnedest to make sure that Ex Corde Ecclesiae is a dead letter in his diocese, which includes Georgetown and the Catholic University of America -- two flagship universities where instituting the norms would make a big impact country-wide.

His smilely face has a lot to answer for; don't mistake the superficial impression for anything other than cunning. Ask people from Newark. I personally would like his ticket punched ASAP, and he can take the rector of the cathedral with him as another relic of the good ol' days when snickering at law was tolerated among the American hierarchy.

9/9/05 02:27  

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