Wuerl Gone From Washington?

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 12, 2018   

Sudden change of tone

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The archbishop of Washington is changing his tone massively, saying he'll now go to Rome to discuss his resignation with the Pope.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who just came back from Rome and wanted to kick off a "Season of Healing" for the beleaguered archdiocese, now says he's going back to Rome "in the very near future" in order to "meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago."

He's implying that the healing of the diocese is contingent upon his leaving — sentiments that many Catholics share.

"Our discernment here, I believe, has indicated the way forward to bring healing and a new beginning at the service of this Church," Cdl. Wuerl wrote. 

It's speculated that Cdl. Wuerl's tone-deafness has been cleared up by the Pope's Council of Cardinals, who've been meeting this week in Rome. Their meetings included formulating a response to the testimony of Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, who identified a homosexual network with tentacles reaching into the Vatican.
 
Rolled into that is the news that Pope Francis will be meeting in Rome on Thursday with the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cdl. Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. They'll presumably be meeting to discuss DiNardo's intention to launch an independent investigation into who knew about the sinful past of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and its implication in light of Viganò's testimony.
The recent letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò brings particular focus and urgency to this examination. The questions raised deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence. Without those answers, innocent men may be tainted by false accusation and the guilty may be left to repeat sins of the past.

This investigation would presumably indict many, including Wuerl, who Viganò said "lies shamelessly" when he says he "knew nothing" about McCarrick's situation.

Hovering in the not so distant background is the Pennsylvania grand jury report, which named Wuerl almost 100 times. It's doubtful that Wuerl would survive the legal ramifications of that report. Either way, Rome seems to have decided that it's time for Wuerl to go.

Watch the panel discuss the long-awaited resignation in The Download—Wuerl Gone From Washington? 

 

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