I’m very happy to hear the news that Pope Benedict XVI has designated Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., a cardinal. I’ve known the Archbishop for many years. I served as editor of his newspaper (1993-1996) when he was Bishop of Pittsburgh.
And he’s my co-author! We’re just now reading proofs on our forthcoming title, The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition.
Cardinal-designate Wuerl, back when he was undergraduate-designate Wuerl, studied under Johannes Quasten at Catholic University of America. In the early 1980s, as Msgr. Wuerl, he wrote a lovely introduction to patristics, aptly titled Fathers of the Church. His catechism, The Teaching of Christ, co-authored with the great patrologist Thomas Comerford Lawler, is a model for integration of the Fathers in modern catechesis. A few years ago, in an interview in Pittsburgh’s diocesan paper, Bishop Wuerl let slip that the Church Fathers remain his favored spiritual reading.
Join me, please, in raising a prayer for him today.