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This is a press release from Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform (Catholic Laity). It announces a rally at the Papal Nunciature in Washington on Friday, January 18, at 10:00 am.
This is timed so that you can still make the March for Life activities starting at Noon. The goals of Catholic Laity and the reason for the rally are in the announcement. I hope you can join us as we work to get a worthy shepherd for Washington and to communicate with the U.S. Bishops and the Holy See.
But most of all, even if you cannot attend, please pray for our work and our Church. May Mary’s Immaculate Heart triumph and may we each do our part in the battle. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Catholic Laity Appeal for a Worthy Shepherd in Washington
Seek Better Communication with U.S. Hierarchy and Rome
When: Friday, January 18, 2018, at 10:00 am
Where: Papal Nunciature, Massachusetts Avenue and 34th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Who: Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform
Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform (Catholic Laity) will rally at the Papal Nunciature on Friday, January 18, at 10:00 am.
Catholic Laity has two purposes: the appointment of a worthy shepherd for Washington and establishing a means of communicating effectively with the U.S. hierarchy and the Holy See about Catholic life in the United States.
To advance communication with the Holy See, which is in the process of selecting a new archbishop for Washington, Catholic Laity has already written three times to the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, in October, November, and December, to request a meeting to discuss the appointment of a new archbishop. No reply has been received, although Archbishop Pierre made a point in his address to all U.S. Bishops on November 12 that “there can be no question that the insights of experts, the contributions of time and professional skill of all the faithful, laity together with the clergy..., are critical to carrying out our mission as Shepherds. Assistance is both welcomed and necessary, and surely collaboration with the laity is essential.” At the Rally, we will say “HERE WE ARE. TALK TO US.”
Catholic Laity was founded by Winnie Obike and Donna Bethell, who started two recent online petitions, one to remove Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, https://www.change.org/p/pope-francis-remove-cardinal-wuerl-now/u/23266105, and the other not to appoint Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the reported front-runner, as Archbishop of Washington until the completion of an investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, https://www.change.org/p/archbishop-christophe-pierre-cardinal-tobin-must-not-be-made-archbishop-of-washington-before-investigation. The first petition has more than 141,800 signatures and is still gaining, as Cardinal Wuerl has resigned but is still running the Archdiocese as Apostolic Administrator, which could continue indefinitely. The second petition has more than 7,000 signatures and is also growing. Its original purpose has been achieved in that Cardinal Tobin has announced that he is not coming to Washington. The petition and Catholic Laity are now focused on the appointment of a worthy shepherd for Washington.