Tone-Deaf Bishops

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  September 10, 2018   

Bishops can't 'smell like the sheep' when they won't let them in the fold

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Tone-deaf bishops are not hearing their sheep crying because they keep barring them from the fold.

Case in point, George Neumayr, a Church Militant news contributor, is being blocked as of Friday from entering Cdl. Donald Wuerl's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

"I am 'barred' from Wuerl's Shrine," Neumayr posted Monday. "He has instructed his security to accompany me into the arms of police officers."

Neumayr, who is wondering if he can even "receive the sacraments at the Basilica" as his canonical right, has been giving the diocese an opportunity to be "transparent" and "pastoral" in keeping with the calls of Pope Francis, but to no avail. The archdiocese of Washington has been stonewalling Neumayr's attempts to report on the massive, massive crisis for weeks.

This is nothing new for Wuerl. In 2015, Wuerl had Neumayr removed twice in one week. One instance involved a public book signing event of Wuerl’s.
"I want[ed] to ask him about his use of the faithful's donations," Neumayr told Church Militant, "particularly his use of those donations to finance his very creepy Embassy Row lifestyle, which includes his residence on the fourth floor of that Queen of the Americas building."
He added, "The fourth-floor residence that he occupies ... is probably worth — you know, it's a multi-million dollar penthouse, and he is living like a Borgia-era cardinal up there." Not only did Wuerl refuse to answer any questions, he also had Neumayr booted from the public venue.
Instead of becoming more transparent or pastoral in the face of recent revelations involving his role in covering up clergy sex abuse, Wuerl has instead tightened security. Neumayr reports that Wuerl has even enlisted the aid of former President Barack Obama's disgraced Secret Service head, Mark Sullivan.

Neumayr recounts that it was Sullivan who blocked him on Sept. 5 from entering the Little Flower parish in Bethesda, Maryland where Wuerl was meeting with his priests.

"I said that I was a Catholic who wanted to pray in the church and that I had a canonical right to do so," Neumayr said. It was Sullivan who told him the church was "closed" and was adamant about not letting him enter.

"Within minutes of our chat," Neumayr said, "six Maryland police cars arrived. The cops who arrived were friendly enough and permitted me to stand on grass belonging to an adjoining school not far from the parking lot."

Watch the panel discuss the unpastoral and nontransparent shepherds in The Download—Tone-Deaf Bishops.


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