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Pope Francis accepts resignation from scandal-plagued Cardinal Wuerl

12 October 2018, 07:15 | Devin Moran

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who has been criticised for his handling of sexual abuse cases.

The pope also praised Cardinal Wuerl's.

Cardinal Wuerl asked Pope Francis to accept his resignation on several occasions since the Pennsylvania report, but the pope demurred until now, according to a church official with knowledge of the discussions. However, the cardinal added, "I told you verbally of the situation of the bishop emeritus who was to observe certain conditions and restrictions because of rumors about his behavior in the past".

Addressing Archbishop Vigano as "dear brother", Cardinal Ouellet said, "I understand how bitterness and disappointments have marked your path in the service of the Holy See, but you can not conclude your priestly life this way, in an open and scandalous rebellion".

Wuerl has defended his overall record in Pittsburgh insisting he had a good past record, but progresivelly came to the conclusion that he could no longer lead the archdiocese. "Once again for any past errors in judgment I apologise and ask for pardon".

He had actually turned in his resignation three years ago when he turned 75, which is the typical retirement age for bishops - but Francis kept him on, as popes are privy to doing with able-bodied bishops.

A Pennsylvania grand jury report released in late July was also critical of how Wuerl handled the alleged abuse of more than a thousand children by 301 Catholic priests.

Cardinal Ouellet said in all his meetings with Francis about bishop nominations, he never heard him refer once to McCarrick as a trusted counsellor.




The Vatican was informed starting in at least 2000 about the seminarian complaints. The Vatican's highest court ordered Wuerl to restore Cipolla to priestly ministry, but Wuerl resisted and, after two years of legal procedures, prevailed in preventing Cipolla's return.

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, before a private audience September 13 at the Vatican.

Wuerl's archdiocese issued a series of similar plaudits on Friday, coinciding with the Vatican announcement.

Obviously, many Catholics are outraged that church leaders who seem to have ready answers for how laypeople should live and behave have been so slow to figure out a way to stop sexual abuse by clergy and to hold bishops and cardinals accountable for their personal behavior and for the cover-up.

As for the written instructions the Congregation for Bishops prepared for Archbishop Vigano in 2011 when he was to begin his service as nuncio to the United States, "they say nothing at all about McCarrick".

Last month, Wuerl traveled to Rome to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis.

Numerous conservative Catholic activists and commentators, though, considered him too tolerant of the LGBT community and too liberal on some other issues.

"But if archaic, predatory-friendly laws were reformed and if more prosecutors showed real courage, these complicit clerics might face criminal charges, and that might make a real difference, " he said in a statement.



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