The Spirit of Speech, by Cole S. AronsonAugust 9, 2019
Saint of the Day for August 10: St. Lawrence (c. 225 – Aug. 10, 258)August 10, 2019
By Christopher Manion, The Stream, August 8, 2019
Last May, Archbishop Wilton Gregory was solemnly installed to replace Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. At that ceremony, Gregory referred to the bishops’ abuse and coverup scandals. With a hopeful reference to Christ’s calming of the storm (Matt. 8:23-27), he admitted that “we clerics and hierarchs have irrefutably been the source of this current tempest.”
Since that day, Washington’s faithful have eagerly awaited Gregory’s response to their countless questions regarding that “tempest.” Moral and financial scandals have rocked the hierarchy. Bishops remain silent on the investigation of Gregory’s criminal predecessor, the defrocked and disgraced Theodore McCarrick.
And the new archbishop faces two even greater evils that infect the nation’s capital. First, Washington’s powerful homosexualcommunity. This powerful lobby has intimidated Gregory’s predecessors and made DC’s archdiocese distressingly “gay-friendly.” And second, the District’s scandalously high rate of abortion. This horrific practice exterminates unborn black children at a rate far higher than that for any other race. ….