In a letter released on Friday, Pope Francis announced that he has accepted the resignation of Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Why did Cardinal Wuerl resign?
An August report from a Pennsylvania grand jury, detailing accusations of sexual abuse against some Catholic church leaders, mentioned Wuerl’s name more than 200 times.
In response to the pope’s letter, Wuerl released a statement, saying, “The Holy Father’s decision to provide new leadership to the Archdiocese can allow all of the faithful clergy, religious and lay, to focus on healing and the future.”
In contrast to the accusations made against him in the report from the Pennsylvania grand jury, Wuerl had been applauded in the past for publicly cracking down on members of the clergy who were accused of sexual abuse in the ’80s and ’90s.