White McCarrick Book Chapter1
Title: Second Part of Chapter 1 Draft
Ordained by a Predator, Chapter 1 “Summer 2018,” part two
We went on with the business of parish life–Masses, confessions, weddings, quinceañeras, summer-vacation Bible School. I continued to try to fathom the depths of what had happened. I calculated the number of priests McCarrick had ordained and the number of young people he had confirmed. I tried to get in touch with seminary brothers who had become priests but had left the ministry. It occurred to me that perhaps McCarrick had ruined their lives too.
I blogged all this. I had posted my sermons online for a decade, along with occasional book reviews, travelogues, and ravings about my favorite sports teams. Readership waxed and waned over time–never exactly ‘viral,’ but never moribund, either. My blog had a solid hold on its little corner of the internet. Now it gave me a forum to work my way through what felt like a devastating blow–not just to me, but to my readers, too. Only time would tell how we might recover from it.
I published an open letter to the Cardinal. He had gone into hiding, so I had no way of writing him directly. Plus, I thought my letter might resonate with others.
Dear Father in God and brother priest,