Church Sex Abuse Victim Says Wuerl Stepping Down Is A Start But More Needs Done

'He just walks away, but the victims can’t walk away'

Joe DeStio
October 12, 2018 - 5:59 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – A Pittsburgh area leader of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says she thinks Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl made the right decision in resigning. But Fran Samber says Wuerl needs to further explain his role in the church sex abuse scandal.

“He just walks away, but the victims can’t walk away and I think people need to get many, many answers,” says Samber.

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Cardinal Wuerl, 77, submitted his resignation to Pope Francis last month in wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that mentioned his name 169 times in a detailed report on 70 years of abuse in the Catholic Church. A letter from Francis was released this morning accepting the resignation. In it Francis wrote that Wuerl could have defended his work as bishop of Pittsburgh and said there is a difference between a cover-up of sexual abuse and “mistakes.” Wuerl had apologized for mistakes in his handling of some priests alleged to be abusive.

Samber says more is needed. “The church has chosen to put their reputation first, not the children’s safety.”

Wuerl will stay on an Apostolic Administrator to the Washington Archdiocese until a successor is chosen.

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