A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Alleged cover-ups in the Church were making it look like “a conspiracy of silence not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia. Pope Francis has repeatedly asked for total transparency in the Church. In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican ambassador to the United States, said he told the Pope about allegations of sexual abuse against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick five years ago, but the Pontiff did nothing about it
“There is no way that the Church can avoid dealing with them (Vigano’s charges) promptly, openly, and candidly. After all, Archbishop Viganò is a distinguished churchman. He is at the end of his career. He can have no this-wordly ambition. So what is he doing and why? Others more knowledgeable may offer better explanations, but I can suggest only four: Viganò is lying; he is sincere but mentally ill; he is an innocent manipulated by others; he is telling the truth in whole or in part.”
John O’Sullivan, editor-at-large of National Review
“When we read that a cardinal asked young seminarians to sleep with him, thus corrupting them before they became ordained, and when we read that a few Pennsylvania priests used sacred objects like the crucifix to molest their victims, we cannot plausibly say that this is simply the work of men gone bad. No, it is the work of the devil. What other source would provoke such monstrosities?”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue
“For all the glee of his opponents and media doomsaying, only a fool would count the president out. He’s bounced back from the brink before and there are three reasons why he could do it again.
“First, it will take something more serious than alleged campaign-finance violations to overturn an election through impeachment.
“Second, Trump can cure the injustice stemming from the one-sided probe by declassifying documents the Justice Department is hiding from Congress and the public.
“Trump’s third reason for optimism is the possibility that predictions of a blue wave in the midterms will be as far off the mark as many 2016 polls were. Then he had his America First promises, and now he has major successes, especially the jobs boom.”
Columnist Michael Goodwin
“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”
Pope Francis sent a letter to Catholics worldwide Monday following the shocking revelations of sexual abuse by over 300 priests and cover-ups by bishops in a Pennsylvania grand jury report
“My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.”
“Few of us have been tested the way John (McCain) once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own.”
“Looking back over a life marked by five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, by time in the U.S. House, more than five terms in the Senate and two presidential runs, it is impossible to sum up the man. So we say thank you, Sen. McCain, for your fortitude and for your dedication to our country and to our state.”
The Arizona Star Editorial Board
“While there have been many respectful tributes to John McCain in the media in the past few days, there was a time when the liberal press weren’t always supportive of the war hero and independent-minded Senator from Arizona — particularly when he was getting in the way of their progressive agenda.
“Yes, when he was playing the role of the ‘maverick,’ bucking conservatives on issues like campaign finance, global warming or the closing down of Guantanamo, they brought him on their shows to embarrass or ostracize conservatives. He was the ultimate ‘even Republican,’ as in ‘even Republicans’ like John McCain think conservatives are being extreme on this or that issue.
“They preferred him as the more moderate choice to then-candidate George W. Bush. But when it was his turn at the top of the 2008 GOP ticket, when he became the obstacle to a liberal Barack Obama presidency, the media that once adulated him, turned on the Arizona senator.”
Geoffrey Dickens, Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center
“I’ve never seen a game like that. It was incredible. He’s coming up and you’re thinking he can’t do it again, and he does it again. He did everything tonight, he really did. He’s driving the bus home tonight.”
Brewers manager Craig Counsell talking about Christian Yelich’s 6-for-6 performance Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Yelich hit for the cycle as Milwaukee beat the Reds in 10 innings, 13-12.
The flirtatious man in his late 50s gets a swift verbal smack-down from his friend, a woman in her 70s who knows he has a wife and is keeping an eye on him. She’s wearing a yellow volunteer shirt at the Worth Harley-Davidson dealership in Kansas City, Missouri, where at least 400 people turned out for a party with beer and a KISS cover band.
“If you do anything wrong,” she says to the man, “your ass is grass and I’m the lawnmower.”
Then she turns to me and says, “Go sit on his lap so I can take a picture.”
Hmmm…maybe next time.
From a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary celebration
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Trump’s handling of McCain’s death
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK