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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Tuesday, May 16, 2006

    Wuerl Winds up in Washington: Roundup of the Coverage

    As earlier buzzed, Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh has been named to replace Cardinal Theodore McCarrick as archbishop of Washington, DC. [Learn about the live Q&A here.]

    Here is the official Vatican annoucement in Italian:

    "Il Santo Padre ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale dell’arcidiocesi di Washington (U.S.A.), presentata dall’ Card. Theodore E. McCarrick, in conformità al can. 401 § 1 del Codice di Diritto Canonico." McCarrick goes out...

    "Il Papa ha nominato Arcivescovo Metropolita di Washington (U.S.A.) S.E. Mons. Donald W. Wuerl, finora Vescovo di Pittsburgh." ... and Wuerl comes in.

    The Vatican Information Service announcement reads:

    "Appointed Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., as metropolitan archbishop of Washington (area 5,447, population 2,630,894, Catholics 578,796, priests 1,166, permanent deacons 187, religious 1,677), U.S.A. The archbishop-elect was born in Pittsburgh in 1940, he was ordained a priest in 1966 and consecrated a bishop in 1986. He succeeds Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit."
    St. Blogs commentary:

    • Bettnet: "After years of being mentioned for a promotion every time a bigger see opened up, Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh has finally been asked to step up to the plate". More...
    • Whispers: "The archbishop-elect will be installed in Washington on 22 June. The following week, in recognition of the see of Washington's metropolitan status, he will receive the pallium from Benedict XVI in St Peter's Basilica on the solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul." More...
    • Whispers talks about the close tie between Wuerl and Catholic University of America.
    • Michael Barber has a personal story about Wuerl as well as an excellent roundup that goes far in introducing the rest of us to the Bishop's personality and previous work: "... Wuerl has been one of the most outspoken pro-life bishops in the country. In sending him to Washington, D.C. it is clear that Pope Benedict is lobbing a grenade into the hub of America's political discourse." More...

    Official statements, etc:

    "Archbishop-designate Wuerl is in Washington this morning for a 10:00 a.m. press conference. There will be a press conference this evening for local [Pittsburgh] media with Bishop Wuerl at 6:00 p.m." [I'll see about finding audio/video of both press conferences...]

    Media coverage:

    • The Washington Post has extended coverage.
    • Catholics News Service: "Appointed an auxiliary bishop of Seattle in 1985, he also served as a seminary rector for five years and worked at the Vatican for 10 years under Cardinal John J. Wright, a former bishop of Pittsburgh who headed the Congregation for the Clergy.In his new post, Archbishop Wuerl will be spiritual leader of a Catholic population estimated at 579,000 in a total population of 2.6 million. The Pittsburgh Diocese has some 800,000 Catholics in a total population of more than 1.9 million." More...
    • Catholic News Agency: "Archbishop-designate Wuerl has served on numerous national and international bodies, is chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catechesis and is active on a number of boards including The Catholic University of America, the North American College in Rome, the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Pope John Paul II Intercultural Forum. In 2006, he was named chair of the National Catholic Educational Association board of directors." More...
    • Rueters short update: "The post of archbishop of Washington is one of the most influential in American Catholicism because of the regular contacts the prelate has with the White House and other branches of U.S. government." Wuerl speaks Italian, French and Spanish. More...
    • New York Times: "Bishop Wuerl was born in Pittsburgh and educated at Catholic University in Washington and the Gregorian University and the University of St. Thomas in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1966, and served as an assistant bishop in Seattle before taking up his post in Pittsburgh."
      "He is the host of a television program, "The Teaching of Christ," which is broadcast on CBS, the Christian Association cable channel and through national syndication, according to his official biography on the Diocese of Pittsburgh web site. It said that his catechism of the same name has been in print for 30 years. Bishop Wuerl's most recent book, "The Catholic Way," was published in 2001." More...
    • Catholic News Service: "Moving 250 miles east and south from Pittsburgh to Washington will in many ways bring Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, the new head of the Washington Archdiocese, into a different world. He's moving from one of the country's traditional industrial centers to the nation's center of political power. ... Replying to questions about what he would do about Catholic politicians who support keeping abortion legal, Archbishop Wuerl echoed that theme: "The first task of a bishop is to teach. When Jesus sent his apostles out, he sent them to teach." More...
    • New York Times: "Pope Names Pittsburgh Bishop to Washington, D.C., Post"
    • Update: Life Site News: "New Washington DC Archbishop Favours Intelligent Design in Schools" (also discusses the Bishop's strong stance against embryonic stem cell research, with links.)


    Publications by Bishop Wuerl:

    From what I've heard, this looks to be a good appointment. Though I know there has been some split in opinion regarding Wuerl's track record, his books have been very popular and well received, even as many people seem to think he could have made some better choices while in Pittsburgh. Time will tell, I guess.

    Since Washington is a traditional Cardinal See, Wuerl should eventually receive a red hat, depending on McCarrick, who himself has been quoted as saying, "Most people my age are dead ... I feel like the portrait of Dorian Gray." [source] Though, of course, I presume that was said in jest...

    [photo credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite]

    [Tags: Wuerl, McCarrick, Washington, Pittsburgh, Bishop, Archbishop, diocese, archdiocese, Catholic]

    UPDATE: Day Two coverage right here.


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