The D.C. cardinal is now saying his previous denials about knowing Archbishop McCarrick’s sexual predations were only about minors, not adult seminarians and priests.
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The Jan. 10 disclosure from the Diocese of Pittsburgh is the first confirmation by Church authorities that Cardinal Wuerl was aware of allegations against the disgraced ex-cardinal before June 2018.
COMMENTARY: His resignation Oct. 12 was due more than anything else to the fact that his priests didn’t believe he was telling the truth about Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.
In the Oct. 12 letter accepting the cardinal’s resignation, the Holy Father defended the cardinal from the widespread criticism he has faced in recent months.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The archbishop of Washington’s moral credibility has been questioned over accusation of cover-up by the Church surrounding his disgraced predecessor, Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.
The embattled archbishop of Washington, D.C., tendered his resignation nearly three years ago.
Archbishop Carlo Viganò, the former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., claimed in an Aug. 25 statement that the disgraced archbishop was directed by the Vatican in 2009 or 2010 to discontinue living in a seminary, among other restrictions.
The cancellation comes after a week in which Cardinal Wuerl has faced heavy criticism for the way he managed priests who had been accused of sexual assault during his tenure as bishop of Pittsburgh, from 1988 to 2006.