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WASHINGTON – Cardinal Donald Wuerl has sent a letter to priests saying he plans to travel to Rome to meet with Pope Francis to discuss the possible resignation from his position as Washington’s archbishop, FOX 5 has confirmed.
Last month, a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed more than 1,000 children were sexually abused by more than 300 clergy members. The report also alleged that Wuerl protected abusers when he was the head of Pittsburgh’s diocese from 1988 to 2006. Many have called for Wuerl’s resignation since the report was released.
The article goes on to state the following:
In an exclusive interview with FOX 5 after the grand jury report came out, Wuerl stated that he would not resign from his post and defended his record of dealing with predator priests while he was Pittsburgh’s bishop.
In Cardinal Wuerl’s letter to the priests, which was obtained by LifeSiteNews and confirmed by the Archdiocese of Washington that it was sent on Tuesday, he discusses a resignation letter that he submitted in November 2015. At that time, he had turned 75 years old, which is the customary retirement age, according to the Washington Post.
“On Monday, September 3, prior to our annual Labor Day gathering, we had an opportunity to pray together and, as I was asked by our Holy Father Pope Francis, to discern the best course of action for me to pursue as we face new revelations of the extent of the horror of the clergy abuse of children and the failures in episcopal oversight,” Wuerl wrote in the letter.
NEW: Cardinal Donald Wuerl sent a letter to DC priests tonight. Says he will meet with Pope Francis in “the very near future” to discuss the resignation he submitted almost three years ago when he turned 75. He has been under pressure to step down in wake of PA grand jury report. pic.twitter.com/GvA7TQFJgS
— Michael J. O’Loughlin (@MikeOLoughlin) September 11, 2018
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, said he expects to meet soon with Pope Francis to discuss the possibility of resigning https://t.co/8kAPXeJhUU pic.twitter.com/uweaBb2klF
— CNN (@CNN) September 12, 2018
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) September 12, 2018