Kevin Joseph Farrell, appointed Bishop of Dallas and later Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life (elevated to Cardinal in 2016)
Why is this significant? Cardinal Ferrell was once an auxiliary to "Uncle Ted" McCarrick in Washington, D.C.
Farrell was sent to Dallas to deal with the mess left by retired Bishop Charles Grahmann. Then he went on to Rome, to work in the Curia, elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis. Cardinal Farrell is in charge of next month’s big World Meeting Of Families in Dublin, which will be attended by Pope Francis. The meeting is intended to celebrate the Holy Father’s “Amoris Laetitia.”
There has been controversy over whether or not LGBT families should be included. Gay couples were included in the original promotional materials for the event, but removed after an outcry from conservatives. Still, the foremost US advocate for LGBT inclusion. Jesuit Father James Martin, is a scheduled keynote speaker in Dublin. The heterodox are complaining that LGBT families are being marginalized by the meeting.
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, president of the World Meeting of Families 2018, said Fr Martin’s “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” has the backing of three US cardinals, including Cardinal Farrell.
Thus, a McCarrick protégé in the Vatican is overseeing family policy for the Church, and is MC for this family festival in Dublin intended to celebrate Pope Francis’s teaching on love and family. Now guilt by association is wrong, but one does wonder in our current climate what Cardinal Farrell knows, and what if anything he had to do, and/or abstain from doing — to gain the patronage of Cardinal McCarrick.
Two other U.S. Cardinals have openly endorsed Building a Bridge: Cardinal Blase Cupich, the Francis-appointed Archbishop of Chicago, and Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Francis-appointed Archbishop of Newark, McCarrick’s old bishopric. Catholic journalist Rocco Palmo cited Francis’s moving Tobin to Newark as the work of Cardinal McCarrick.Palmo’s blog on the New York Timed piece about McCarrick’s molesting “James” reports:
A Francis confidant and favorite of McCarrick’s who was sent to New Jersey’s top post at the latter’s behest, Tobin said in a statement that he would “discuss this tragedy with the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in order to articulate standards that will assure high standards of respect by bishops, priests and deacons for all adults.” OREMUS.