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Vatican accepts resignation of Archbishop of Washington over sexual abuse scandal

Cardinal Wuerl's has become the most senior clergy to quit over abuse cover-up

New York, Oct 12 (IENews) In another shocking development over the global sex scandal emerging out of the Catholic Church, the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl resignation has been accepted by the Vatican.

With the acceptance of his resignation, Cardinal Wuerl’s has become the most senior clergy to quit in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the Catholic Church globally.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s resignation was accepted by the Vatican on Friday after months of mounting pressure, following revelations of systematic abuse by priests in the state of Pennsylvania, and a cover-up by bishops. Wuerl was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006, The Guardian reported.

The state’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, said Wuerl “oversaw and participated in the cover-up”.

Wuerl offered his resignation when he turned 75 almost three years ago, as required under canon law, but Pope Francis kept him in post. He resubmitted his resignation last month.


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