Washington, DC

Cardinal urged to resign by deacon who assists him at Mass

Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been publicly rebuked by one of his associates. Deacon James Garcia, a deacon who frequently assists Cardinal Wuerl at Mass, has told him that he “cannot, in good conscience, continue to attend to you personally, whether as an assisting deacon or a master of ceremony”. Deacon Garcia also called on the cardinal to resign in light of “recent developments”. Cardinal Wuerl has been criticised for his handling of abusive priests in his previous role as Bishop of Pittsburgh. He has defended his record. The cardinal has also denied that he knew about his predecessor Theodore McCarrick’s misconduct.

New York City

Letter suggests Vatican knew about McCarrick in 2000

A senior official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged that the Vatican had received allegations about Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in 2000, according to a letter sent six years later and made public this week. The letter, by then Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the former Vatican substitute for general affairs, was sent to Fr Boniface Ramsey, a priest in New York City. It referred to “serious matters” involving seminarians that Fr Ramsey had brought to the attention of the nuncio in November 2000. Fr Ramsey shared the letter with the Catholic News Service last week. The letter appeared to confirm a claim by the former US nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who said the Vatican was informed of the McCarrick allegations as early as 2000.

Hobbs, New Mexico

Bishop: weeping statue could be a trick of the devil

Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces has said that an investigation has found no natural causes for the apparent weeping of a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The statue in Hobbs, New Mexico, began emitting fluid from its eyes in May. The liquid was found to be similar to the chrism oil used in the sacraments. Bishop Cantú said investigators had examined the statue, checked its interior and spoken to the company that produced it. “So far, we have not discerned natural causes,” he wrote.

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