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Me, Talking Back to National Catholic Reporter and Michael Sean Winters Re: Resignation of Donald Wuerl

Posted on the 12 October 2018 by William Lindsey @wdlindsy
Wuerl hounded from office for becoming face of abuse crisis https://t.co/N2pHeSpgcP via @ncronline
"He has been for 30 years a force of nature in the Catholic Church in this country, a workhorse for the conference and for the Vatican and for the dioceses he served." /1— 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳. 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚎𝚢 (@wdlindsy) October 12, 2018

And this is a recommendation and not an indictment in the mind of Michael Sean Winters?! Thirty years in which it has become painfully evident that the bishops have almost to a man covered up clerical sexual abuse of minors. /2— 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳. 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚎𝚢 (@wdlindsy) October 12, 2018
 
Thirty years in which theologians were hounded out of their positions in Catholic universities, silenced, careers destroyed. Thirty years in which American nuns were attacked by the very bishops covering up sexual abuse of minors. /3— 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳. 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚎𝚢 (@wdlindsy) October 12, 2018
 
Thirty years in which the U.S. bishops made an ugly, hateful alliance with right-wing white evangelicals that has deeply undermined the moral authority of the Catholic church and made the U.S. Catholic church a horrendously retrogressive political force. /4— 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳. 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚎𝚢 (@wdlindsy) October 12, 2018
 
Thirty years in which the exodus of Catholics from the church has been enormous due to the pastoral and moral malfeasance of the U.S. bishops. Thirty years in which queer human beings have been defined as intrinsically disordered, hounded out of the church, fired with impunity /5— 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳. 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚎𝚢 (@wdlindsy) October 12, 2018
 
in Catholic institutions. Thirty years in which women have been slapped in the face and told to shut up, not to talk about ordination or equality in the church ever again. /6— 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳. 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚎𝚢 (@wdlindsy) October 12, 2018
 
Thirty years culminating in the vote of 6 in 10 white Catholics for Trump, a dreadful indictment of the moral and pastoral leadership of the U.S. bishops.
Some thirty years to brag about Wuerl as a "workhorse" and a "force of nature" for the USCCB! /7— 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚖 𝙳. 𝙻𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚎𝚢 (@wdlindsy) October 12, 2018
 
NCR has desperately needed some new voices for thirty years now — the voices of more women, more openly queer Catholics, more Catholics living on the margins of society and the church, more non-white Catholics. And not as frills and furbelows, but as "real" voices given authority equal to those of the white males of the Catholic journalistic enterprise….
The refusal of NCR to see this critical need, even now, even after six in ten white Catholics placed the moral monstrosity in the White House, tells us a great deal about how the lay intellectual leaders of the U.S. Catholic church in its academic and journalistic spheres are a big part of the problem and not of the solution, if the U.S. Catholic church is going to negotiate the crisis to which the lack of pastoral and moral leadership of its bishops and, yes, its lay intellectuals, has led it.

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