WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the controversial "progressive" archbishop of Washington D.C., booted a Catholic journalist from his public book signing yesterday.
George Neumayr, contributing editor for The American Spectator and co-author of "No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom," stopped by the bookstore at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception yesterday afternoon for Cdl. Wuerl's public event, but he was removed by police shortly after politely shaking the cardinal's hand.
Neumayr explained precisely what happened in an interview with ChurchMilitant.com.
According to Neumayr, Cdl. Wuerl looked at him with a "serpentine grin" when the two shook hands, as if Wuerl recognized him. Neumayr has publicly criticized the high-ranking D.C. prelate, often in articles that feature his picture.
Recently, in an article for The American Spectator exposing Wuerl's posh living arrangements, Neumayr wrote that His Eminence "rose to power as a covert spirit-of-Vatican-II leftist, duping pious Catholics by day, hobnobbing with modernists and Marxists by night." Neumayr concluded that piece, stating, "Wuerl awaits that glorious day when all classes are abolished except his own, the elite of the global Left into whose service he has devoted his decadent, heterodox and baldly hypocritical episcopacy."
Cardinal Wuerl has long earned the ire of orthodox Catholics, who object to, among other things, the casual policies he's taken with regard to the reception of Holy Communion. His Eminence has categorically refused to enforce canon 915, which prohibits manifest grave sinners — such as pro-abortion politicians, who are a dime a dozen in D.C. — from receiving the Eucharist.
Wuerl has also lent support to Cdl. Walter Kasper's infamous proposal for the Church to break with Tradition and start allowing divorced adulterers to receive Holy Communion.
Apparently, Cdl. Wuerl is paying attention to his critics, but not to enter into dialogue with them. It seems he would rather keep them from getting anywhere near him. But as Neumayr sees it, this time Cdl. Wuerl and his team went overboard and "decided to use a sledgehammer on a fly."
"It makes them look, quite frankly, fascist," said Neumayr.
"I've been treated worse than enemies of the Church, and I just don't understand that," Neumayr added, "and it makes no sense in light of the fact that Wuerl is supposed to be the face in America of the Francis Church, which is supposed to be so open and tolerant and accessible and transparent."