DC: Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced Tuesday that he will meet with Pope Francis soon to discuss his resignation in order to bring healing to abuse survivors.
Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, made the announcement in a letter to the priests of the archdiocese, saying that the decision was “an essential aspect” of helping the church as whole heal from the recent revelations rampant sexual abuse and cover-ups found the Pennsylvania grand jury report and further allegations from other members of the clergy.
Several prominent D.C. Catholics and groups of sexual abuse survivors demanded Wuerl’s resignation in light of the grand jury report’s finding that he protected predatory priests and kept them in ministry during his tenure as bishop of Pittsburgh. Resignation demands intensified after archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano released an 11-page letter detailing Wuerl’s alleged knowledge of and failure to confront Theodore McCarrick’s alleged abuses.
“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,” Wuerl wrote. “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.”
It is customary for bishops to tender resignation letters to the pope once they reach 75 years of age. more here