Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Former Pittsburgh Bishop, to Discuss His Resignation with Pope Francis
September 12, 2018
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the current Washington archbishop and former Pittsburgh bishop who came under heavy criticism in a Pennsylvania grand jury report for his handling of sexual abuse cases, says he will soon meet with Pope Francis about his resignation.
Wuerl intends "in the very near future" to travel to Rome for a meeting "about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, November 12, 2015," he wrote in a letter to priests in the Washington archdiocese Tuesday.
Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church submit their resignations at the traditional retirement age of 75. The pope decides when to accept a resignation, and can allow a bishop to continue serving for years past that age.
Wuerl, 77, did not say in his letter whether he will ask the pope to accept his resignation.