Cardinal Wuerl's Name To Be Removed From North Catholic High School

The name change request comes from Cardinal Wuerl himself

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has approved a recommendation from Cardinal Donald Wuerl that his name be removed from the High School bearing his name.

The school in Cranberry Township will go back to being known simply as North Catholic High School.

The board of directors of the school and the board of Catholic High Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh Inc. both accepted the request along with Bishop David Zubik

According to a release from the diocese Cardinal Wuerl wrote in a letter last week, “In light of the circumstances today and lest we in any way detract from the purpose of Catholic education…I respectfully ask you to remove my name from it. In this way, there should be no distraction from the great success of the school and, most importantly, the reason for the school -- the students.”

Bishop Zubik says the decision was made in the best interest of the high school.

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“My concern is first, foremost and always for the students, that nothing overshadows their Catholic education.”

Zubik also thanked both boards for their recommendations and for acknowledging Wuerl’s contributions to education.

“The school was named in honor of Cardinal Wuerl in recognition of his efforts to preserve and expand Catholic education opportunities for the children of Pittsburgh—regardless of religion and regardless of need. At a time of great economic upheaval for the people of Pittsburgh and financial stress for our diocese, he made education a priority. As bishop of Pittsburgh he raised tens of millions of dollars for tuition aid. The Bishop’s Education Fund and the Extra Mile Foundation has provided over $32 million in scholarships to save schools that serve some of the most vulnerable communities of our city and whose success continues to be an example for the nation and a source of pride and hope for Pittsburgh.”

The name change takes place immediately.

Saint Rosalia Church in Greenfield will also remove Cardinal Donald Wuerl's name from its hall along with all photos of him. Wuerl's first assignment was as an assistant pastor at Saint Rosalia parish in the 1960s. 

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