I received this advance news story from journalist Mary Ann Mueller, and I thought it might be of interest. I have to admit, I'll be a bit disappointed if Cardinal Wuerl doesn't work in a brief mention about the Ordinariate. I know he has lots of responsibilities, but his job as liaison for the CDF in this matter is a pretty big deal, and not just to us. Of course, Chris Wallace might know nothing about it, and so won't ask a question directly relating to it; however, I'm curious to see if it comes into the conversation at all.
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By Mary Ann Mueller
WASHINGTON, DC—"That's it for this week," said Chris Wallace Sunday (Dec. 19) while looking directly into the Fox News Sunday camera with the capitol dome visible over his left shoulder. "Our guests next week (December 26) will be Sen. John Coburn and Washington's new cardinal, Donald Wuerl. Have a merry Christmas and we'll see ya next Fox News Sunday."
Cardinal Wuerl, the cardinal archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, was elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the cardinalate on Nov. 20. He was also appointed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as its delegate in the United States to facilitate the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution and he also heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' ad hoc committee created for the full implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus.
"I would suspect that Fox News Sunday is going to focus on his being elevated to cardinal," explained the Rev. Scott Hurd, a Pastoral Provision priest and a member of Cardinal Wuerl's staff and the liaison to the Catholic Bishops' Conference working with the ad hoc committee dealing with Anglicanorum Coetibus. "Also, they will probably be asking questions about the significance of Christmas. There have been some evangelistic initiatives we've taken in the Archdiocese…
"My guess would be they would focus on those matters," Fr. Hurd speculated. "However it is very possible that someone at Fox News is aware that the Cardinal is involved with the Apostolic Constitution and will ask a question."
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A spokesman for the Fox News Washington bureau said: "Fox News Sunday is very tight lipped about their guests." She offered no other information surrounding Cardinal Wuerl's schedule appearance on Sunday.
However the Fox News Sunday's program grid for December 26 says a little something about its upcoming guests: Tackling key issues and a political preview for the new year and an exclusive interview with Senator Tom Coburn. Plus, a holiday message from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, with a discussion of the role of religion in politics.
"The Cardinal might possibly speak about Anglicanorum Coetibus," Fr. Hurd noted. "but who knows?"
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