DC archbishop to discuss possible resignation with pope

Cheryl Sanders
September 12, 2018

When Wuerl spoke with Francis at the end of August, the pope told him to consult his priests about what he should do - and Wuerl did so at an annual Labor Day picnic for clergy, which he referred to in his letter on Tuesday.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop, the Vatican said Wednesday, after reports of his arrest for allegedly stealing $600,000 of church funds. Many have suggested Wuerl must have known about the allegations, and intentionally did not act.

Wuerl was referring to a letter of resignation sent when he was 75 years old, the customary retirement age, the Washington Post reported.

"At issue", the cardinal wrote, "is how to begin effectively to bring a new level of healing to survivors" of abuse.


A decision about his future "is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan church we all love can move forward", Wuerl said, according to CNN.

A Vatican spokesperson said the meeting of the heads of national Catholic bishops conferences would take place February 21-24.

After weeks of relative silence, Pope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of USA bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis. However, Cardinal Wuerl will not be attending that meeting and will be staying in Washington D.C. where he has a mass scheduled Friday at St. Matthew's Cathedral.

Christian blogger, speaker and writer for The Daily Wire, Matt Walsh joined Glenn on today's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program", to react to the pope's controversial speech and weigh in on the far-reaching sexual abuse scandals within the church.


Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children - evidence he realizes the scandal is global and inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.

DiNardo asked for the meeting last month, saying he wanted the pope to support an investigation into the scandal around former Washington DC Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals in response to allegations that he once abused a teen-aged boy.

DiNardo has also said recent accusations that top Vatican officials - including the current Pope - covered up for McCarrick since 2000 deserve answers.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said DiNardo would meet with Francis on Thursday in the Apostolic Palace, along with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Francis' top sex abuse adviser. Also involved are two officials from the USA conference, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, according to a Vatican statement.


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