Thursday, January 25, 2007

Did Archbishop Wuerl Act Like a "Bully"?

David L. Alexander, blogging at Man With Black Hat, thinks Archbishop Wuerl acted like a bully in the following exchange:
When he took questions, a woman asked how be would respond to Catholic politicians who support legal abortion.

His response was "teach."

"That is what Jesus did," he said. "Did everyone accept that teaching? No.... But he didn't stop teaching. We are in this for the long haul."

He noted that he sometimes gets letters from Catholics demanding to know what he will do about such situations.

His temptation, he said, was to reply with, "What are YOU doing about it? How is your voice heard?"

There was a smattering of applause from his listeners.
Hard to argue with David's assessment. "What are YOU doing about it?" Please. Was that really necessary?

David continues:
Okay. Here's my question to His Immenseness: What if the questioner had an answer for you?

Our posturing prelate will never know, having been saved by the adoration of sycophants, of which he will never be found wanting for the rest of his life...

So, this week's Tip of the Black Hat goes to the questioner who had to endure the humiliation in Christ's name, at the behest of one who has to wear a title like a sign around his neck to do the same...

My Comments:
Ever since I first read and blogged about this story appearing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I kept wondering why I was so troubled by Archbishop Wuerl's response to this woman (beyond his refusal to actually DO anything about pro-abort politicians in his archdiocese). David has identified exactly what it was that bothered me.

Wuerl's response was, as David noted in a comment to his post, "bullying, and cowardly, and played to a room full of cowards", not to mention humiliating to the woman to whom he was speaking.

That's something Archbishop Wuerl would NEVER dream of doing to "Nancy".

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Archbishop Wuerl's Stand on Lawmakers Who Back Abortion Angers Some Conservative Catholics

Abortion and the New Archbishop - A Shot Across the Bow

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At 1/25/2007 6:51 PM, Blogger Dad29 said...

How shall we discern "a bully"?

The big kid on the block who NEVER likes getting pushed, even gently, and strikes back?'s a theory.


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