Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation submitted . . .

. . . 3 years ago on his 75th birthday in accord with canon law.

All it took from Francis was to tell him thank you, go in peace. He didn’t, because (a) he knew nothing of Wuerl’s record in regard to sex-abuse cover-up — if so, why not? — or (b) he knew but decided the hell with it, this guy is someone I trust to follow my program.

He’s my kind of cardinal, that sort of thing.

Wuerl with his distinguished predecessor when Wuerl received the D.C. baton in 2006.

Francis should take a cue from Chicago’s Cardinal Cupich, who canned a pastor on the first complaint — highly unusual in Chicago or anywhere else — and kept him canned when the months-long hearing of his case came up empty.

On second thought, no. Bad example there. Maybe consult Cardinal Burke?

Him? No, he being on the outs for some time with the reigning pontiff.


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