Donald Wuerl Issues Apology To Washington D.C. Priests

Says he forgot that he knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick.

Joe DeStio
January 16, 2019 - 1:04 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) -  Former Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Donald Wuerl has issued an apology to priests in the Washington D. C. Catholic diocese saying he forgot that he knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick.

The Washington Post reports Wuerl issued a letter Tuesday night saying he never intended to provide false information.

He has also apologized to former priest Robert Ciolek who recently disclosed written evidence from files in the Pittsburgh diocese that Wuerl, when he was Pittsburgh's Bishop, was aware of the allegations and brought them to the attention of the Vatican in 2004. 

Pope Francis accepted Wuerl's resignation in October after being caught up in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals surfaced in Pittsburgh and Washington, but remains leader in the Washington diocese the Pope names a replacement

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