US Car­di­nal quits over sex­ual abuse cover-up scan­dals

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY AP RE­PORTER

De­ci­sion: Pope Fran­cis POPE Fran­cis has ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Wash­ing­ton Car­di­nal Don­ald Wuerl af­ter he be­came en­tan­gled in two ma­jor sex­ual abuse and cover-up scan­dals.

Wuerl, who turns 78 in Novem­ber, be­comes the most prom­i­nent head to roll in the scan­dal rock­ing the Catholic Church af­ter his pre­de­ces­sor as Wash­ing­ton arch­bishop, Theodore McCar­rick, was forced to re­sign as car­di­nal over al­le­ga­tions he sex­u­ally abused at least two mi­nors and adult sem­i­nar­i­ans.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter months in which Wuerl ini­tially down­played the scan­dal, in­sisted on his own good record, but then came to the con­clu­sion he could no longer lead the arch­dio­cese.

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