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How Will Cardinal Donald Wuerl's Resignation Affect His Pittsburgh Flock?

David Goldman
Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Pope Francis


Pope Francis announced Friday that he has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl from his post as Archbishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C.

In a letter, the Pope thanked Wuerl for his service and praised him for his “nobility.” Victims of sexual assault have been calling for Wuerl’s resignation in the aftermath of a grand jury report that described the crimes of 300 "predator priests" in Pennsylvania, some of whom were under Wuerl's supervision. Three years ago, Wuerl submitted his formal resignation when he turned 75, which is customary. The Pope often uses his discrection on whether to accept the traditional resignation, and Wuerl encouraged him to accept that resignation when he traveled to Rome last month. 

90.5 WESA’s Virginia Alvino Young joined the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Peter Smith to explore what the resignation means for the Catholic Church. 

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