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We are Catholics within the Archdiocese of Washington who are loyal to the Pope and to the teaching Magisterium of the Church. We consider ourselves Roman Catholics as opposed to American Catholics. We are concerned about the obvious decline of the Catholic Church in our country that has occurred over these past sixty or so years. Today, the average Catholic is just as likely as the average American to embrace such aberrations as: 1) disbelief in God and eternal life, 2) laxity in moral beliefs and behavior, 3) abortion, contraception and euthanasia, 4) homosexual behavior, including same-sex marriages/unions, 5) rampant materialism, 6) denial of the reality of sin and the subsequent need for the Sacraments, 7) lack of belief or respect for the Real Presence, and 8) erroneous belief that “all churches are the same”.
Furthermore, we are greatly distressed that many occupying positions in the Church hierarchy in this country are not raising their voices against these evils and for the truth as they have been charged by Jesus Christ Himself. They have taken unacceptable positions of passivity in regards to lack of fidelity in its teaching institutions, to the embrace of harmful sex education programs within its very walls, and the open coddling of prominent Catholics who flagrantly disobey and oppose Church teaching in the public arena.
With the outbreak of the
clergy sexual abuse scandals over the past several years, it now appears that
our bishops have not only refrained from addressing these serious issues.
Indeed, many of these bishops may very well have caused these most serious
maladies within Catholic life in the
To address these ills, particularly as they occur within the Archdiocese of Washington, we have banded together and formed "Faithful Catholics of MD/DC, Inc." We seek to have our bishops address these matters in a forthright manner to bring our Church back to a healthy state.
In May 2006, Cardinal
McCarrick submitted his resignation. Pope Benedict XVI accepted it. Bishop Donald Wuerl, formerly of
Regarding Archbishop Wuerl, we were pleased with his “The Light is On” initiative last Lent to encourage Catholics to frequent the Sacrament of Confession. Recall that His Excellency directed the pastors to reserve Wednesday evenings for Confessions, as well as to expand Confessional hours in general. As we ourselves went to Confession, we saw something that we haven’t seen in quite a while – long lines at the Confessionals. Of course, this meant we had to wait, but so what? If there are “problems” to be had, this is a good sort of “problem”. People were receiving sacramental graces that many haven’t received for too long. Happily the trend does seem to be continuing.
Not all has improved,
however. Archbishop Wuerl seems to be
intent on following Cardinal McCarrick’s dismal dereliction of duty when it
comes to the enforcement of
For an absolutely dismal response to a Catholic’s query about this
here. Moreover, he has met
with silence our protests regarding the honoring of pro-abortion “Catholic”
public figures at Catholic institutions: Nancy Pelosi at
For so many reasons stated
throughout this website, we welcomed news of Cardinal McCarrick’s
resignation. We continue wish him
blessings in his retirement years. However,
his statements of late have been even more troubling than his words and deeds
while he was archbishop. Could it be
that now he no longer fears
We pray that Archbishop Wuerl will place his responsibilities as “shepherd of the Church” first before any political or financial considerations that might tempt him to give an impression that dissent can be tolerated. We of “Faithful Catholics of MD/DC, Inc” will be vigilant in this regard. We ask you also for your prayerful vigilance. Should it ever become clear that dissidents will continue to receive “red-carpet” treatment from the Chancery, we ask you to advise us and to make your own concerns known to His Holiness. The Pope’s contact information is:
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI
The Apostolic Palace
Additionally, such letters can be emailed to His Holiness at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are calling on each and every faithful Catholic to do his/her part.