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Cardinal for a Co-Author

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.

2 thoughts on “Cardinal for a Co-Author

  1. It’s great to hear you are co-authoring a book with now cardinal, Bishop Donald Wuerl. I look forward to its release. I have fond memories of several trips to the National Shrine with Bishop Wuerl when he was here in Pittsburgh and his numerous visits to our parish. I will certainly keep him in my prayers.

  2. How exciting about your friend Cardinal-designate Donald Wuerl!

    I am hoping the cover of the book you have co-authored will have his name as Cardinal. I am praying for GOD’s very best for him, as you asked, and thanking God for your long ‘creative’ friendship.

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