Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinal Wuerl's Statement Is Self-Serving

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinal Wuerl's Statement Is Self-Serving

Article excerpt

I am a lifelong Catholic. But after reading the Post-Gazette's continuing coverage of the grand jury's report, I'm becoming ashamed and embarrassed to say that I'm a Catholic. I'm now questioning if I will continue worshipping in the Catholic faith. I believe that the monetary contributions that I've made over the years to the church would have been better given to organizations such as the Brother's Brother Foundation, the Light of Life Rescue Mission,the Salvation Army, etc.

In my opinion, the final two sentences of Cardinal Donald Wuerl's three-sentence "Statement on Grand Jury Report" as published in the Aug. 17 Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper are tone-deaf and self-serving.

Here is what the statement said:"As I have made clear throughout my more than 30 years as a bishop, the sexual abuse of children by some members of the Catholic Church is a terrible tragedy, and the Church can never express enough our deep sorrow and contrition for the abuse, and for the failure to respond promptly and completely. …

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