CAR­DI­NAL GES­TURE AT HOLY MASS FOR ABUSE VIC­TIMS

The Asian Age - - World -

Wash­ing­ton, Sept. 15: Car­di­nal Don­ald Wuerl, arch­bishop of Wash­ing­ton who was blamed for not do­ing enough to deal with pae­dophile priests in Penn­syl­va­nia, pros­trated him­self on Fri­day in a sign of re­pen­tance at a mass ded­i­cated to vic­tims of abuse.

“Our prayers are for those who were as­saulted by abuse of clergy and the fur­ther in­dig­nity of an inad­e­quate re­sponse,” said Wuerl, who has said he plans to travel to Rome in the near fu­ture to meet with Pope Fran­cis to dis­cuss his res­ig­na­tion.

“We must be pre­pared to do what­ever is needed, in­clud­ing step­ping aside. This ac­tion on my part is an es­sen­tial as­pect of the heal­ing so that this Church we all love can move for­ward,” he wrote in a let­ter to priests.

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