Pope accepts resignation of Pittsburgh-native Cardinal Wuerl

Pope accepts resignation of Pittsburgh-native Cardinal Wuerl
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Wuerl, DC archbishop linked to sex-abuse cover-up
(CNN)Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, ending weeks of mounting speculation and rising anger over Wuerls role in two clergy sexual abuse scandals.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has been implicated in the Roman Catholic church's sex-abuse cover-up scandal, according to reports.

Germanys professional association of gynecologists was also outraged, saying abortions are performed out of necessity. “They do not carry out abortions because they are unscrupulous, but because they feel obliged to help, especially for reasons of conscience,” association president Christian Albring said.

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The Vatican didn’t immediately name a new archbishop, the Wall Street Journal reported. A source familiar with the matter told the paper that Wuerl would serve on an interim basis until a replacement was chosen.

On Friday, a German general practitioner is appealing a court-issued fine for contravening Germanys ban on advertising abortion. The doctor had provided information on abortions on the website of her practice. Doctor Kristina Hänels case prompted a national debate on the issue.

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The cardinal, 77, was under fire for his mixed record of dealing with abusive priests while he was a bishop in Pennsylvania for 18 years.

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A Pennsylvania grand jury report accused Wuerl of allowing priests accused of sexually abusing children to be reassigned or reinstated. The report released last month documented abuse by 300 priests over the course of 70 years.

Two gynecologists in Germany could face jail time for listing abortion as one of the medical services offered at their practice. People outside the court argued that providing information to women shouldnt be a crime. (29.08.2018)  

Wuerl had previously asked Pope Francis to accept his resignation on multiple occasions since the report, but the pope had demurred, a church official told the Journal.

Wuerl was appointed to his role in Washington by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

He said it was particularly wrong to abort children with disabilities, saying sick children deserve help. He has previously compared denounced abortion over birth defects, equating it to Nazi attempts to create a pure race. 

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