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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 09:49 AM

Pope Accepts Resignation Of D.C. Archbishop Donald Wuerl Amid Sex Abuse Crisis

Source: NPR

By Bill Chapelle and Tom Gjelten, 7:00 AM ET

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse scandals during his tenure as the bishop of Pittsburgh.

Victims of sexual assault and others have long called for Wuerl to resign and those calls recently grew louder, after a grand jury produced an exhaustive and shocking report that described the crimes of 300 "predator priests" in Pennsylvania, some of whom were under Wuerl's supervision.

Today, Wuerl said his exit would allow the church "to focus on healing and the future. It permits this local Church to move forward." He added, "Once again for any past errors in judgment I apologize and ask for pardon."

The most severe claims against Wuerl stem from his tenure as the bishop of Pittsburgh, from 1988 through 2006; his name was repeatedly mentioned in the grand jury's 900-page report, accusing him of moving abusive priests between parishes and not informing other church leaders when accused priests were moved into their territories. - MORE...


Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/12/656829266/pope-accepts-resignation-of-cardinal-wuerl-archbishop-of-washington





Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The two are seen here during the pope's visit to Washington, D.C., in 2015. (Gary Cameron, Reuters).

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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 10:09 AM

1. Good news.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 10:18 AM

2. Thing is though is that Francis is still defending this guy.

Francis has been pretty tone deaf in all of this and has to be dragged kicking and screaming to do anything.

And his church supported Rapey Brett so they are not precious plants in dire need of protection.

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