• Cardinal Wuerl to meet with pope to discuss resignation

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    Cardinal Donald Wuerl will meet with Pope Francis in Rome to discuss his resignation, according to a letter sent to priests on Tuesday.

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    Wuerl served as bishop of Pittsburgh for nearly two decades.

    In the letter Wuerl says, "It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward. As a fruit of our discernment I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago."

    WPXI'S Courtney Brennan is talking to a victim of Catholic child sex abuse and is reaching Diocese of Pittsburgh. She'll have their response for Channel 11 News beginning at 5 p.m. 


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    Wuerl mentioned 2015 in the letter because that's when he turned 75 years old, the age a bishop is required to submit his resignation.It's up to the pope, however, to decide when to accept it.

    He mentioned no date for his meeting with the pope, but the pontiff will meet Thursday with U.S. cardinals and bishops.

    Wuerl was mentioned nearly 200 times in the Pennsylvania grand jury report about child sexual abuse. He's accused of leading a massive cover-up of child sex abuse by priests when he was the bishop of Pittsburgh.

    Last month, Wuerl's name was removed from North Catholic High School in the wake of the report.


     

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