as it existed during Wuerl's tenure.
The FATHER EDWARD HUFF cover-up is a major revelation in that it contra-
dicted everything said by Donald Wuerl's propaganda machine.
For those unaware, Huff was Wuerl's "ping-pong cover-up." Like a ping-pong
ball, Huff was sent between Pittsburgh and Saint Louis. The Huff cover-up oc-
curred during the time when Wuerl was neon-lighting the Ciopolla Case.
For the record, the Cipolla Case only involved the "Psychic Defect" feature,
where Cipolla was diagnosed with Depression & Suicidal Tendencies. He
was NOT tried for molestation. Quite frankly, Cipolla was the victim of in-
tentally inflicted emotional distress, on account of his reputation having been
destroyed at Wuerl's orchestration, with the help of Post Gazette writer, Ann
Rodgers (-Melnick.) Wuerl ordered Cipolla to be assesses at a psychiatric
facility founded by a sexual pervert who, due to his absence of virtue, died
of AIDS. It was ironic that Wuerl befriended a "pan-sexualist" institute, be-
ing a Catholic bishop would instantly recognize such a place as an advocate
for sinful lifestyles.
Pansexualism is a mode of thought which indiscriminately states, "What-
ever floats your boat." Anything goes in the pan-sexualist mindset, includ-
ing sexual activity recognized as a felony throughout the many United States.
tolerance for priests accused of sexual abuse 14 years before it became public
policy. Well, Wuerl did NOT observe, did NOT practice, and did NOT fulfill
what he declared. This is proven in the Wolk, Zula, and Pucci cover-up, as well
as in the Edward "three-times-reported" Huff case. Add Torquato to the mix, as
well as Wellinger and the notorious John S. Hoehl whom Wuerl personally put
back into ministry.
Toward the end of his first year as bishop of Pittsburgh, Wuerl made a state-
ment that would lead reasonable persons to assume that he was resolved to
never reassign a molester priest to ministry. Wuerl was apparently employ-
ing the sleight of hand semantics, being that he embarked on another cover-
up; that of Father Edward Huff. In that case, Wuerl reassigned Fr. Huff to
ministry the same year Wuerl received accusations against Huff. He did so,
after Huff had a stay in a St. Louis psychiatric facility.
I used to call the Huff Case Wuerl's musical chairs cover-up. Well, it was
actually Wuerl's Game of Pong ... Wuerl's Ping Pong Cover-up, where Huff
was like a ping pong ball, going from St. Louis to Pgh to St. Louis to Pgh.
Pgh stands for Pittsburgh ... for those unaware.
The Specifics of the Huff Case
In February 1992, two families, days apart, reported Huff. Donald Wuerl
responded by doing the type of thing that Bernard Cardinal Law repeatedly
did in Boston. Wuerl sent Huff to a psychiatric facility; to one in St Louis,
named Saint Michael's. The prognosis was that Huff had sufficient residu-
al functional capacity to perform some type of ministry. So, in November
1992, Wuerl assigned Huff to a chaplaincy post and provided him with liv-
ing quarters in downtown Pittsburgh.
In December 1992, additional parishioners from Huff's parish sent Wuerl
a letter that accused Huff of molestation. This was the third time Edward
Huff was reported, and this was when Wuerl realized that the cat was out
of the bag. There were enough people who knew of Huff's transgressions
that at least one of them would inform the police should Wuerl's diocese
decline to do so. Thus, this was when Wuerl's Get Out of Jail Free Card
Wuerl did not immediately report Huff to law enforcement authorities, de-
spite the fact that a third set of parishioners sent a complaint against him.
Rather, Huff was sent back to Saint Michael's, despite the positive bill of
health that was already given to him by the St. Louis facility. This shows
that sending Huff back to Saint Louis was a strategic move, and not a med-
It wasn't until March 1993 when the Pittsburgh diocese finally reported Fr.
Edward Huff to law enforcement authorities. This means that he was not
reported until thirteen months after Wuerl learned of his misconduct. By
that time, Edward Huff had already submitted his resignation.
As a subtotal, Fr. Edward Huff wasn't arrested until fifteen months after he
was reported by the Diocese of Pittsburgh to the required law enforcement
entities. Take note that Edward Huff was not arrested until 28 months after
Wuerl learned of his predatory acts. In addition, March 1993 had addition-
al significance to it. It was the month when the Vatican's version of the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled on the Cipolla case for the first time. March 1993 was
when Donald Wuerl appealed to the Vatican Signatura, asking it to vacate its
judgment of the Cipolla case and to review the case anew. In light of this,
Huff was too much of a hot potato for Wuerl to keep concealing.
The time delay in the Fr. Edward Huff case provided a smoke screen to the
fact that Wuerl found himself cornered and checkmated during yet another
botched cover-up attempt. So, take note on how Wuerl sought to manipulate
time lines, in order to look diligent and trust-worthy --- in order to distance
his tracks from his original handling of the Fr. Huff case. In addition, keep
in mind that Wuerl and company had already been accused of stonewalling
(foot dragging) in a previous case. This means that giving Wuerl credit for
having reported Edward Huff was equivalent to giving a bank robber credit
for stopping a bank robbery the moment he finds himself surrounded by a
circle of police cars and then drops the sacks of money he was holding.