Bishop Zubik Responds To Pope Francis' Letter To Catholics

'We have to recognize that there were times in the past where we should’ve acted more quickly.'

Melinda Roeder
August 20, 2018 - 10:19 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Thousands of Pittsburgh-area Catholics continue to call for the resignations of Bishop David Zubik and his predecessor, Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

This comes after a grand jury report detailed hundreds of cases of child sex abuse within six Pennsylvania diocese, including Pittsburgh.

Bishop David Zubik admits mistakes were made, but stopped short of calling it a cover-up on the KDKA Radio Morning News.

“We have to recognize that there were times in the past where we should’ve acted more quickly.”

He also defended his predecessor, Cardinal Wuerl.

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“And I never heard him say or I never saw him do anything that was a cover-up and I know that people are having a hard time believing that but I can say that by watching his leadership.”

When asked about prospect of removing Cardinal Wuerl from ministry, Bishop Zubik says that is up to the Pontiff.

“In the end it’s the pope who makes that decision for sure. I know that there are a lot of concerns but we’ll just have to wait and see what Pope Francis does.”

Pope Francis has written a letter to Catholics, expressing shame and repentance. He states - "we showed no care for the little ones. We abandoned them."

“And I never heard him say or I never saw him do anything that was a cover-up and I know that people are having a hard time believing that but I can say that by watching his leadership.”

When asked about prospect of removing Cardinal Wuerl from ministry, Bishop Zubik says that is up to the Pontiff.

“In the end it’s the pope who makes that decision for sure. I know that there are a lot of concerns but we’ll just have to wait and see what Pope Francis does.”

Over the weekend, Zubik said the diocese has "followed every single step" needed for action after allegations of child sexual abuse.

On ABC's "This Week," Zubik said he can understand the anger people feel after the release of the grand jury report.

Pope Francis has written a letter to Catholics, expressing shame and repentance. He states - "we showed no care for the little ones. We abandoned them."

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