Wuerl Cashes In

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by Christine Niles  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 5, 2021   

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D.C. Catholics are unwittingly giving millions of dollars to a disgraced cover-up cleric.

Financial records for the archdiocese of Washington, D.C. show more than $2 million are being allocated to the "Continuing ministry activities for Archbishop Emeritus."

That's Cdl. Donald Wuerl, who resigned in disgrace in 2018 after being caught in numerous lies about his predecessor, notorious homopredator Theodore McCarrick.

In fact, Wuerl became emblematic of the Summer of Shame, the poster boy for complicit clergy, one powerful cardinal protecting another in the homosexual network reaching all the way to Rome.

Wuerl was the target of protests, a high school named in his honor even vandalized.

Wuerl also came under scrutiny after the 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed, as bishop of Pittsburgh, he'd paid hush money to a child porn priest in exchange for his silence on an underage sex ring — allegations Wuerl has never denied.

The priest that was paid off, Fr. George Zirwas, facilitated sex trafficking in Cuba, where he lived with his boyfriend, and was eventually murdered by a male prostitute who killed him by injecting his neck with animal tranquilizer.

Wuerl was also blasted for his reputation for lavish living, spending years in a renovated top-floor penthouse in D.C.'s elite Embassy Row, a property valued at more than $40 million — and before that, two decades in a Morewood Heights bishop's mansion in Pittsburgh, complete with 39 rooms, a six-car garage and a spacious wine cellar, among other things.

When Wuerl stepped down nearly three years ago, Catholics thought he'd retreat to a quiet, more austere life. They did not expect millions of their hard-earned dollars would continue flowing to a cardinal who likely did more to protect McCarrick than any other U.S. prelate in the Church.

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