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Cardinal Donald Wuerl Confirms Intention To Resign

The former Bishop of Pittsburgh made the announcement in a post to his website

September 14, 2018 - 10:07 am

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

WASHINGTON (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, has announced his intention to resign when he meets with Pope Francis.

In statement posted to his website Friday Wuerl said:

“This first step in the necessary healing process for our Church will be followed by my meeting with Pope Francis about the resignation that I presented nearly three years ago on November 12, 2015. Those called to serve the Church in a leadership capacity must recognize that we are to lead not only by word, but also by personal action. We must be prepared to do whatever is needed, including stepping aside.”

You can read the entire message from the former Bishop of Pittsburgh here.

Wuerl's name was removed from North Catholic high school after he was mentioned about 200 times in the bombshell Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing decades of sex abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church. . He was accused of concealing reports of abuse.

The Cardinal said shortly after the report was released that he had "acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse."

He presented his resignation to Pope Francis in 2015 on his 75th birthday, which is customary in the church, but the pope rarely accepts a bishop's resignation right away. 

Wuerl has also proposed a “season of healing” that will start with a special Mass Friday night in Washington.

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