Cardinal Wuerl Annouces That He Will Ask Pope Francis To Accept His Resignation

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In a statement published on the Catholic Standard, the Archdiocesan newspaper for Washington D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced that he will travel to Rome to meet with Pope Francis and ask him to accept his resignation as Archbishop.

In the letter, Cardinal Wuerl noted that had submitted his letter of resignation in November of 2015, as is customary when a bishop turns 75.

Cardinal Wuerl wrote that following after discernment, he decided it would be for the benefit of the Archdiocese if he resigned, saying:

It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward. As a fruit of our discernment, I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, November 12, 2015.

Cardinal Wuerl has been under intense scrutiny following the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in which it was alleged that he mishandled cases of clergy abuse when he was Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988–2006.

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  1. I am a life long catholic. Why did he have to fly to Rome. Would save us Catholics some money on air fare. We will be paying a tremendous amount of money for inexcusable “sins” commited by priest and those who have covered it up.He needs to resign and even go to jail for the cover up.

  2. Wil he be escaping to Rome to prevent criminal investigation here? Will he spend the rest of his years in luxury advising the pope rather than face humiliation in the United States? I hope my fears prove wrong. I don’t want Cardinal Wuerl to be the man that so many are now accusing him of being. But the evidence against him is mounting.

  3. Whether he is guilty of not, is there a need to spend that funds to travel to Rome? With modern telecommunication system that we have today, this is suffice… wont it?? Or is there any other reasons eh??

  4. He should be in jail along with the rest of clergy thaz committed so many horrific acts. And today, such acts must be able to be charged and go to court. Had thaz beens the case, at least domestically in the US the predators would be monitored and their whereabouts known so that recommiting such crimes would be difficult. Since the church harbors them and “continues” to harbor them by not letting such charges be made or go to court, the institution itself harbors sin and very evil acts. There can be no success or justice against evil under such conditions.

  5. He should be in jail along with the rest of clergy that committed so many horrific acts. And today, such acts must be able to be charged and go to court. Had that beens the case, at least domestically in the US the predators would be monitored and their whereabouts known so that recommiting such crimes would be difficult. Since the church harbors them and “continues” to harbor them by not letting such charges be made or go to court, the institution itself harbors sin and very evil acts. There can be no success or justice against evil under such conditions.

  6. I wonder what is the need to ask permission from Pope Francis..??? hoping to hear a “NO” from from the Pope??? isnt it is just a waste of time for everyone? AFter all, he has reached the retirement age 3 yrs ago…

  7. I see a lot of grudges, that could be understandable in a such case .But let us bring some light
    1) there are rules everywhere the Church is no exception. A cardinal or a Bishop when he reaches 75 years old need to tender his resignation to the pope ,this is clearly written in the Canon law since Pope VI
    A Cardinal need to travel to see the pope and talk about it, The canon law also states that in case of shortage the pope may ask the claimant to wait for some time ( case of cardinal Wuerl)

    2) Now regarding the penalties, i would encourage you to pray for those lost people..Yes you may claim for human justice. And you ll be right…What about GOD justice ? Anyone knows how GOD will punish them ?

  8. It is good that people are speaking out, hopefully in protection of those who were harmed. I am by no means justifying any of this, but I do have a question. The reports claim A Lot of children. Children tend to talk, unless they are taught not to..ie why would a child feel shame unless they are taught to. My question is, therefore, there was NO ONE else around these children that
    NO ONE suspected ANYTHING?? And NO ONE EVER knew until NOW???? That seems unlikely. So, yes, he is SUPPOSED to be the shepherd, but he is still as human as anyone else. Perhaps, we should keep that in mind when we are throwing these stones.

  9. I think Wuerl inherited a whole bunch of problems with sexual abuse cases from the Bishop before him in Pittsburgh. He actually went to the Vatican after he refused to reinstate a predator priest, to explain to them why he couldn’t do it, because he was given the directive from the Vatican to do it, because the priest went through counseling. When he first got there, there was a problematic priest he gave more money to, to shut him up and get him out. Big mistake. He did however, put in very strict policies in his Diocese. He was the first Bishop in the US to have no tolerance for predator priests. I do feel bad for him, because I think he did try to clean up the problem in his Diocese. As far as saying he knew nothing about Mc Carrick, though, I don’t see how that is possible. It’s just time to clean house. My guess is half of the Bishops, Archbishops, and cardinals in the Vatican have to go.

  10. Let’s never forget that it is not the Church that is at fault. It is the Vatican II communist, freemasonic, homosexual pederasts that took over at Vatican II! Return to traditional, authentic Catholicism and the Latin Mass, and demand that your priests do so!

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