Here is the latest on the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
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.
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.
In a letter sent Saturday by James Garcia to Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Garcia wrote that he would no longer participate in any mass led by Cardinal Wuerl. Garcia serves as the master of ceremony for St. Matthew’s, often standing beside Cardinal Wuerl during major services.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the retired Vatican ambassador to the U.S., also alleges that McCarrick had been sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI over sexual misconduct, that Pope Francis himself knew, and that those sanctions were later repealed by Pope Francis anyway.
On the local level, the more than 30 protesters gathered demanded for the resignation of the Archdiocese of Washington ‘s Cardinal Donald Wuerl; their broader demands include structural changes for the church as a whole.
The calls from the D.C. region for official investigations into potential priest abuses started shortly after the Pennsylvania grand jury released its report alleging more than 300 priests abused children across the state for decades.
“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 Latest on the Roman Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania.
A school employee at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School reported the vandalism to the school’s sign shortly after 7 a.m. Monday.
It was a turbulent week for the Catholic Church after a Pennsylvania grand jury report alleged a decadeslong, systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by more than 300 priests. The Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, told WTOP how he believes the church can move forward from this scandal.
In one case, a priest was eventually removed yet still received financial support — even after a new victim had come forward alleging abuse. In the case of another priest, Cardinal Wuerl was more aggressive, pushing to get the priest evaluated.
An extensive Pennsylvania grand jury report details alleged abuse by 301 priests in six dioceses, including Pittsburgh, where the Washington archbishop had served as bishop for 18 years. There are multiple instances in the 900-page report where Wuerl is said to have reported priests’ abusive behavior to the Vatican, but also approved the transfer and continued ministry of known offenders. Earlier Tuesday, the cardinal defended how abuse allegations were handled under his watch.
In an open letter to Washington’s faithful, Cardinal Donald Wuerl writes, “What is particularly disheartening, certainly for me, is the sense that we had already gone through this traumatic scandal in 2002.”
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.