Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and became the first American Cardinal to be defrocked. Now, area parishioners are reacting to the news of the one-time leader of the Archdiocese of Washington’s fall from grace.
The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.
D.C.’s attorney general says his new “mandatory reporting” bill to deal with clergy sexual abuse is not targeting any particular religions.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl said he had a “lapse of memory” when he denied that he knew of claims of sexual abuse made against his predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
The Archdiocese of Washington has voluntarily released the names of more than two dozen former clergy members credibly accused of sexually abusing minors Thursday, going back as far as 70 years as part of an ordered review.
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, amid scrutiny and criticism over Wuerl’s handling of sex abuse claims dating back decades, when he led Pittsburgh’s archdiocese.
Donald Wuerl has served as the archbishop of Washington since 2006. Pope Francis accepted his resignation. See photos of Wuerl through the years.
After Pope Francis accepted Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s resignation as the archbishop of Washington Friday morning, the post remains empty yet the church remains under Wuerl’s supervision as apostolic administrator.
A man who worked as the assistant superintendent of the Archdiocese of Washington has been indicted on charges connected to a yearslong scheme to embezzle nearly $45,000 from the archdiocese, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The Archdiocese of Washington has begun a six-week “season of healing,” which comes as Cardinal Donald Wuerl faces criticism over his handling of sex abuse cases from decades ago when he led Pittsburgh’s archdiocese.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote in a letter to priests Tuesday that he will talk to Pope Francis “in the near future” to discuss his resignation.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl asked priests to let parishioners know during Mass this Sunday that he shares their pain over widespread allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests and cover-ups by bishops.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington plans to ask for a rehearing of an appeals court decision that sided with Metro in a dispute over advertisements in the transit system.
“There is no greater injustice than to know that your wounds have been acknowledged by the world but not by your church,” said Winnie Obike. The Maryland woman believes the cardinal’s removal is the only way to move forward.
The resignation of Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sex abuse makes him the highest ranking American in the Catholic Church to ever be removed from the ministry. Cardinal Wuerl comments on the resignation in an exclusive interview with WTOP.
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