|© Patrick Anthony Pontillo|
1} John Hoehl whom Donald Wuerl personally reinstated into ministry
and kept in ministry, even after the so-called "enlightening" dinner that
Wuerl had with the family of two lads molested by the three priests men-
Wuerl kept Hoehl in ministry until the priest mentioned directly below
was indicted and arraigned. Then, Wuerl dropped Hoehl like a very hot
potato. If Wuerl were to have kept Hoehl in ministry --- even "doghouse
ministry" and/or probationary ministry --- Wuerl would have been invit-
ing a grand jury inquest.
2} Robert Wolk (ordained the same year as was Wuerl, thereby indicat-
ing that he was Wuerl's classmate.) Ann Rodgers falsely claimed that
Wolk was removed "just as Wuerl became bishop." The truth is that
Anthony Bevilacqua placed Wolk on administrative leave, long before
Wuerl replaced Bevilacqua. Donald Wuerl was positioning to reinstate
Wolk, as he did Hoehl.
3} Richard "Sade" Zula who did practice Sadism on at least one male
youth, This was the only known priest Wuerl was NOT going to re-
instate into any type of ministry. Now, Wuerl has been proven to be
unjust and vicious, but he drew a line in the proverbial sand when it
came to Sadism. Wuerl hid the knowledge of Zula's crimes from law
enforcement, despite the Child Protective Services Act. Hes imply let
Zula go about his life with full intention to never reinstate him, ever,
Now, when DA John C. Pettit was trying to process Zula's indictment,
no one at the Diocese of Pittsburgh let him know what Zula's address
was at the time. Pettit didn't even know where Zula was, and the dio-
cese claimed that its personnel didn't know, either. The Diocese of
Pittsburgh personnel were a collective aggravation to Pettit through-
out the criminal investigation, making fact-finding a .
4} Fr. Francis Pucci who was not laicized or removed from ministry.
Rather, he was allowed to conduct the Mass and perhaps Divine Office
with a religious order of sisters. Pucci was indicted, but his indictment
was dismissed on the statute of limitations defense. Therefore, Pucci
remained on the diocesan payroll. In fact, even the criminal convict,
Richard Dorsch, was on the payroll, after his conviction. In Catholic
Canon Law, even criminal priests, after prison time, must be financial-
ly supported by their bishops. A bishop does NOT have to reassign
a criminal priest who completed a jail sentence. But, he does have
to sustain such a priest.
The two lawsuits involved 1} former Catholic school headmaster John
Hoehl as co-defendant; 2} the two brothers abused (at different times)
by Wolk, Zula, and Pucci as members of the plaintiff family. Only one
of the two brothers was an altar boy, incidentally. Let us proceed.
Ann Rodgers"-Melnick" was a Pittsburgh Post Gazette writer originally from
California. Before going to Pittsburgh she worked in the Southwestern sect-
or of Florida were major leaguers do their baseball Spring Training. Even
though She was never a Roman Catholic (or any other rite of Catholicism.)
Yet, she was given the post of Pittsburgh Roman Catholic Diocese director
for Communications, as if no Catholic on Earth is good enough for the job.
During the infamous 2002 media rampage on clergy sex abuse, she wrote that
as far back as Wuerl's very first year as bishop of Pittsburgh, he announced a
Zero Tolerance Policy, where no priest accused of sexually abusing a minor
could ever go back into ministry. That was a complete falsehood, supported
by the evidence of him returning to ministry Frs. John Hoehl and Edward
Concerning her proven lies, the first one which was detected was her claim
that the tiny Donald Wuerl was an ascetic 5'11". The truth is that Wuerl is as
short in height as was the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua --- between 5'4
to 5'6". Concerning this, I received a polite phone call from Washington stat-
ing that Wuerl stands 5'9" to 5'10". Yes --- with elevator shoes, he does.
Being that I was in Pittsburgh during Wuerl's tenure, and being that he walked
up to me, I do know that he is tiny. He did NOT wear elevator shoes here, in
Pittsburgh. Others who met him also told me that he stood 5'4" to 5'5". One
person described Wuerl as "scrawny." A very polite 5'4" woman said to me
that Wuerl and her stood "head to head," meaning at the same height.
I know of Wuerl's height and Bevilacqua's height from a point-blank range
personal experience (in a public forum.). In fact, I was surprised to find out
how tiny Wuerl was as he approached me, once upon a time. This is because
he was made out to be this superior godlike man of masculine stature. The
Donald Wuerl who approached me was exactly like a certain flaming homo-
sexual theater major who would occasionally buzz around our click and take
with him one of the guys, the son of a certain lieutenant governor's son; not
from Pennsylvania and not from any State that borders on Pennsylvania.
The bottom line is that you cannot instantly trust as true anything written by
Ann Rodgers. But, for the most part, Rodgers used sleight of hand semantics,
(as opposed to outright lying) in her deceiving of the common man & woman
via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
We adjourn to the original article:
Donald Wuerl was installed bishop of Pittsburgh on February 12, 1988. It only
took eight months thereafter for the Diocese of Pittsburgh to become one of the
Watergate of perversity. Wuerl was caught performing a triple cover-up, and
the practice of sadomasochism was one of the acts which transpired within a
trio of clergy members whom Wuerl unsuccessfully concealed from law en-
forcement authorities. Incidentally, Pgh is the abbreviation of Pittsburgh
Always keep in mind that the only reason why Wuerl was one of the first bish-
ops to announce a zero tolerance policy was because he was one of the very first
of American bishops caught red-handed in performing multiple and simultaneous
cover-ups which included John Hoehl as Wuerl's fourth simultaneous cover-up.
Wuerl expressly put Hoehl back into ministry and immediately took Hoehl out
of the ministry line-up after DA John C. Pettit publicly announced that Wuerl
and his personnel were uncooperative during the criminal investigation which
resulted in the indictments of Wolk, Zula, and Pucci.
In as much, Wuerl had to put on airs and display a very fake facade, in announc-
ing a zero tolerance policy which he did NOT observe in his subsequent cover-up
of Frs. Edward Huff and James Torquato. Wuerl is a liar by his actions. Such
as a person known as a hypocrite. Wuerl also chooses which Catholic doctrine
to observe and which one to violate. Such a person is known as a heretic.
Concerning Wolk, Zula, and Pucci:
A member of the criminal trio was an assistant chancellor of Wuerl's diocese, as
well as a canon lawyer. This factor alone showed motive for proceeding with an
intentional cover-up. In fact, Wuerl vehemently defended his cover-up of Wolk,
in news print, claimed that the cover-up wasn't a cover-up. Wuerl has been a liar
from the beginning.
The Sex Abuse Casualties
The casualties were two altar boys of the same family. They were brothers. The
years of molestation occurred from 1981 to 1987. In addition to the three indict-
ed priests, there was a fourth alleged assailant reported to one of the three prose-
cuting district attorneys. He was a layman. Furthermore, there was a fourth dio-
cesan priest implicated, but only in his capacity as a probable accomplice; as a
silent person who reported nothing to anyone.
Concerning this priest, he either allowed criminal conduct to transpire in a ski
lodge suite where he was staying or else he was clueless to what was transpir-
ing there. Nothing was established other than he was at the scene of the crime,
going into his room, while a criminal priest was taking his altar boy into anoth-
This fourth Pittsburgh diocesan priest, incidentally, was strangled to death in
Havana Cuba in 2001, after having been on administrative leave since 1996.
A source informed me that Wuerl, himself, officiated as his funeral ... so stat-
ed the source.
While in Cuba, this priest was openly homosexual and was said to have "helped
his visiting friends find sexual partners while they stayed in Havana." He was
the tragic Fr. George Zirwas, and at this point in the narration you should be at
the first stage in realizing that Lord Byron was more correct than he was mistak-
en when he stated that the truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
Wuerl's unholy trinity
The indicted priests were Robert Wolk, Francis Pucci, and Richard "Sade" Zula.
Wolk was the assistant chancellor and Zula was nicknamed after the Marquis de
Sade. All three priests were charged and arraigned in Washington County, PA.
It's a county which touches the southwestern border of the Allegheny County
where within sits Pittsburgh.
Furthermore, Richard Zula was also arraigned east of Pittsburgh, in Somerset
County. Robert Wolk was indicted in Allegheny County, as well as in Wash-
ington County. In fact, he was the first one to surrender himself to the police.
Incidentally, the Diocese of Pittsburgh comprises the six most Southwestern
counties of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania, at last count, has sixty-seven counties.
The front page of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's November 11 edition of that
year gives light on how involved the criminal investigation was:
"Moreover, authorities said their investigation had uncovered
evidence of similar offenses involving one of the priests that
occurred elsewhere in southwestern Pennsylvania and Florida,
Ohio, Virginia, and Canada. Authorities in the jurisdictions
have been contacted."
This shows that the matter was not taken lightly by law enforcement officials.
In fact, the district attorney of Washington County prophetically stated, "We
would be sticking our heads in the sand to believe these are the only three
Zula had 138 criminal counts filed against him in Washington County, alone.
However, a plea bargain reduced the counts to only two. In sequence, Zula
also plead guilty in Somerset County. Now, as far as went Wolk, he plead
guilty in Allegheny and Washington counties.
Pucci's case, on the other hand, was dismissed due to the two year statute of
limitations expiring on two types of criminal charges. It expired approximate-
ly four months prior to his indictment. He was indicted under the assumption
that the time-keeping for the two year limit had frozen during the time Pucci
was outside of Pennsylvania, in a Maryland psychiatric facility. None the less,
conspiracy charges remained open for Pucci, and that particular crime had a
five year limitation. Despite this, Pucci's case was eventually dismissed.
Take note that, during the nationwide sex abuse scandal, priest after abusive
priest was sent to a psychiatric facility, as if each one were an unaccountable
victim of mental illness. Now, there is a difference between mental illness
and sin. If a person is insane, then he is without malice in a materially harm-
ful act, even though each member of society has the right to be made safe from
such a harmful person. However, deception and manipulation, as much as
scheming and concealing, were committed by priest after abusive priest, and
such acts are elements of malice; not mental illness.
In addition, these priests were described as having "compulsions" that required
psychiatric treatment. In the Catholic vernacular, such compulsions are known
Wuerl and His Personnel: Uncooperative During the 1988 Investigation
The Washington County district attorney announced that Wuerl's diocese en-
gaged in "foot dragging" throughout the criminal investigation. The DA was
either irked or incensed by the Pittsburgh diocese's lack of cooperation, call-
ing it "minimal at best." His quote on the topic goes as follows: "It was not
the spirit of cooperation we would like to see." Of course, "foot dragging"
is a polite way of saying "stonewalling" which, in turn, is a polite way of say-
ing "a step away from obstruction of justice charges."
Wuerl had pushed his luck to the limit. Being that he was caught performing
a triple cover-up, and being that he was accused of having impeded a crimi-
nal investigation via stonewalling, he had no other choice than to strike the
pose of a strict disciplinarian. This shows that Wuerl was not not not the
caring and concerned bishop that he was made out to be by the 21st Century
media. Rather, he was a chameleon, looking out for himself. He changed
colors according to the changes in the political climate. In fact, he original-
ly presented himself as a "liberal." He was then paraded around as a "con-
servative." Wuerl has shown himself to be out for himself. The following
mainstream media newspaper links provide the evidence:
Photocopy of Cleveland Plain Dealer Article which mentions the existence
of a fourth predator in the same Pittsburgh diocesan molestation ring:
Wuerl's Cover-up with Mention of Fourth Assailant
The New York Times Report on the Triple Cover-up:
Photocopy of the San Antonio Express-News Report:
Photocopy of the Report found in the Lewiston Daily Sun:
Photocopy of the Nashua Telegraph's Report on the Cover-up:
The Associated Press News Report on Wuerl's Triple Cover-up:
Photocopy of the Bryan Times Report, with D.A.'s Additional Statement:
Donald Wuerl: A Coast to Coast Disgrace
News of Wuerl's triple cover-up made its way from coast to coast, via:
- the New York Times, - the Saint Petersburg Times,
- the Philadelphia Inquirer, - the Philadelphia Daily News,
- the Cleveland Plain Dealer, - the Pittsburgh Post Gazette,
- Maine's Lewiston Daily Sun, - the San Jose Mercury News,
- Pennsylvania's Reading Eagle, - the San Antonio Express-News,
- California's Lodi News-Sentinel, - the now defunct Pittsburgh Press,
- Northwestern Ohio's Bryan Times, - Oregon's Eugene Register-Guard,
- New Hampshire's Nashua Telegraph, - South Carolina's Rock Hill Herald.
From as far west as California's San Andreas Fault line, to as far east as the
New York metro area, Donald William Wuerl became an early chapter in the
Vatican II church's sex abuse history. From as far south as the Florida Gulf
Coast, to as far north as Maine, Wuerl's diocese had already proven itself to
be what best selling author Malachi Martin would later say it was: "... one
of the most pathetic dioceses in the United States."
Concerning George Zirwas:
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