The archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl (pictured), said he will travel to Rome to ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation.
The Archbishop of Washington has said he will travel to Rome to ask the Pope to consider accepting his resignation.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl was named in the Philadelphia grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church as someone who had allowed priests to continue working despite accusations of sexual assault during his time as Archbishop of Pittsburgh.
He told the priests in his diocese through a letter I would be talking to the Pope about his future so that this archdiocesan church that we all love can move forward, "CNN reported.
The note was sent on Tuesday, after Wuerl spent the week meeting with the priests in his diocese on whether he should retire or not.
Last week, one protester shouted "shame" and another rejected it during a service.
"It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church that we all love can advance," he wrote.
Wuerl submitted his resignation three years ago, but remained working at the request of the Vatican.
All bishops must present their resignation at the age of 75, but the Pope does not have to accept it.
Wuerl resigned three years ago when he was 75 years old, as is usual in the church, but Pope Francis (in the photo) has not yet accepted
The cardinal said that the Pope had asked him to resolve what he wanted to do "as we face new revelations about the magnitude of the horror of clergy abuse to children and the flaws in episcopal supervision."
"What is at stake is how to effectively begin to bring a new level of healing to survivors who have suffered so much … and have doubts about their bishop's ability to provide the necessary leadership," he wrote.
He added that he believed that his decision would pave the way forward to bring healing and a new beginning to the service of this Church.
The recently published grand jury report on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church named Wuerl as someone who had allowed priests to continue their work despite accusations of abuse.
While Wuerl has argued that parishioners should be allowed to know if a priest facing accusations of child abuse has been transferred to another church, he allegedly became involved in the practice himself.
Moving priests who have been accused of child sexual abuse is widely seen as a way to help them avoid facing any consequences.
Wuerl has also been involved in allegations of sexual abuse against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
McCarrick is accused of molesting an altar boy and of seminarians sleeping in his bed with him. Many have suggested that Wuerl must have known about the accusations, and intentionally did not act.
The current Cardinal of Washington has remained firm, he had no idea until recently.
Wuerl has been accused of covering up child sexual abuse in the church, and of knowing the allegations of sexual abuse against his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick (pictured). Wuerl denies this
The cardinal has faced protests over the scandal and its management, both inside and outside his services (In the image: teachers boycotting Wuerl's mass to school on August 28)
Pope Francis convened a meeting in mid-February with bishops from around the world to discuss the prevention of clergy sexual abuse and the protection of children, evidence that the scandal is global and inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.
Francis' top cardinal advisors announced the decision on Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with the leaders of the US church. UU., Who face new accusations after the grand jury report.
It is believed that the meeting from February 21 to 24 is the first of its kind, and points out an understanding at the highest levels of the church that sexual abuse of the clergy is a global problem and not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world, as many church leaders I tried for a long time to insist.
Pope Francis will meet Thursday with key leaders and officials of the US church. UU To talk about the scandal of sexual abuse and with Catholic leaders around the world in mid-February.
But first Pope Francis will meet Thursday with the head of the United States bishops' conference and other high officials of the US church. UU To talk about the sexual abuse scandal.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has said he wants the pope to authorize a full Vatican investigation into McCarrick, who was removed as a cardinal in July after a credible accusation that he shot a teenager .
DiNardo has also said that recent claims that covered McCarrick's misconduct – which have been made against senior Vatican officials and the Pope himself – deserve answers.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said DiNardo would meet with Francis on Thursday at the Apostolic Palace, along with Cardinal Sean O & # 39; Malley, Francis' chief sexual abuse adviser.
Two conference officials also participate, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gómez and Monsignor Brian Bransfield.