17 May 2006

Welcome Bishop Wuerl!

The archdiocese of Washington welcomes Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh as its sixth archbishop. Yesterday morning, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced his acceptance of the retirement of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick. There have been numerous articles and links on different news services. Cardinal McCarrick had some very gracious words about his successor during a press conference early yesterday. Kudos to Mr. Palmo for the first whisperings of this on 27 April. As usual, his coverage was thorough and articulate.

After a full day of press coverage, there is little left to be said about this exciting moment in our archdiocese that has not already been said. One quotation of Bishop Wuerl, however, bears highlighting. The New York Times reported that, when asked how he would handle the controversial and high-profile issue of pro-abortion politicians, his reply was, "I think the first job of a bishop is to teach." Right on. Welcome to Washington, your Excellency, we're ready to learn!

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