Pope’s stance angers

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD -

Amid un­fold­ing sex-abuse scan­dals, Pope Fran­cis has ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Car­di­nal Don­ald Wuerl as arch­bishop of Wash­ing­ton.

But the pope’s lack of con­dem­na­tion an­gered those who feel top Catholic lead­ers con­tinue to shirk re­spon­si­bil­ity for the global cri­sis.

Among those frus­trated by the pope’s an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day was Penn­syl­va­nia At­tor­ney­Gen­eral Josh Shapiro, who over­saw a grand jury re­port is­sued in Au­gust on ram­pant sex abuse in six Penn­syl­va­nia dio­ce­ses. The re­port ac­cused Wuerl of help­ing to pro­tect some child-mo­lest­ing priests while he was bishop of Pitts­burgh from 1988 to 2006. “We can’t rely on the church to fix it­self”, Shapiro said.

Wuerl had of­fered his res­ig­na­tion as arch­bishop in late 2015, af­ter he turned 75. Pope Fran­cis ac­cepted the of­fer yes­ter­day, but asked Wuerl to stay on tem­po­rar­ily un­til a re­place­ment is found and sug­gested he had un­fairly be­come a scape­goat and vic­tim of the mount­ing out­rage over the abuse scan­dal.

Pope Fran­cis

Car­di­nal Wuerl

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