Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl

The shoe finally dropped for Cardinal Donald Wuerl, but it hasn't quite hit the floor yet.

Pope Francis meets U.S. Catholic Church leaders Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Horacio Gomez, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, during a private audience at the Vatican, September 13, 2018.

Rome's October summit of Bishops from around the world is focusing on "Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment" at a time when the Church is racked with sexual abuse scandals from countries around the world, including Pennsylvania where a report reveals seven decades of abuse of more than 1000 victims in the US.

However, Wuerl won't be gone immediately. A source familiar with the matter told the paper that Wuerl would serve on an interim basis until a replacement was chosen. The Wall Street Journal stated today that "Church officials" have indicated possible candidates are Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, N.J., Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Conn, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.

The pope asked Wuerl to remain an "Apostolic Administrator to the Archdiocese" in Washington until the appointment of his successor.

In a glowing letter of support, Francis made clear that he accepted Wuerl's resignation reluctantly, at Wuerl's insistence, and believed he was not guilty of trying to hide abuse.

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The reason such measures were not taken then and were only taken in June by Pope Francis, Cardinal Ouellet said, was because there was not "sufficient proof of his presumed guilt".

Viganò, concluding that his former boss had singled him out as the devil in disguise, complained in his next statement that Francis "compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name". "In this way, you make clear the intent to put God's Project first", the pope wrote to the cardinal. "Your renunciation is a sign of your availability and docility to the Spirit who continues to act in his Church".

Wuerl, who led the Pittsburgh diocese for 18 years, was implicated in a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report and had faced increased calls to step down over allegations he covered up for so-called "predator priests". An expert told CBS News at the time that the letter was highly unusual, but that a resignation would be even more so.

As we reported last month, DiNardo met with the Pope as he and other bishops talked about tackling sex abuse within the church.

Francis was accused of lifting sanctions against McCarrick that his predecessor Benedict XVI had imposed - charges refuted Sunday by the Vatican's prefect for the Congregation for Bishops. His loyalty no doubt helps explain why Francis went out of his way today to shower Wuerl with praise, saying, among other things, he's putting "the good of the Church" above his own personal interests. "We urge all in the church, particularly the bishops, to reaffirm our communion with Pope Francis who is the visible guarantor of the communion of the Catholic Church".

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