Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, appoints him interim DC leader

Handling him with expensive kid gloves. Heaping praise on a presumably much-abused hero of the church.

In a letter to Wuerl obtained by CNA Oct. 12, Pope Francis told the cardinal: “Your renunciation is a sign of your availability and docility to the Spirit who continues to act in his Church.”

Renunciation? It’s standard to submit resignation at age 75. Such glowing praise for “docility to the [Holy] Spirit”? What about the hundreds who took this required step before him? Such as the ones whose acceptance was received in return mail from Pope Francis? Ye gods and little fishes, has this pope nothing to draw on but tunnel vision?

This this shocker:

“In accepting your resignation, I ask you to remain as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the appointment of your successor.”

This is not how it’s done. An auxiliary bishop or monsignor-chancellor is routinely appointed administrator while new “ordinary” (bishop in charge) is decided upon. Or is ready to take over.

Wuerl, 77, originally submitted his resignation on Nov. 12, 2015, when he turned 75 years old, as required by canon law.

Yes, as above. Under heavy fire, Wuerl had sent a special request a few weeks ago.

The (in this case) ebullient Francis:

“This request rests on two pillars that have marked and continue to mark your ministry: to seek in all things the greater glory of God and to procure the good of the people entrusted to your care,” Pope Francis wrote.

He went further, shooting down Wuerl’s critics:

“You have sufficient elements to ‘justify’ your actions and distinguish between what it means to cover up crimes or not to deal with problems, and to commit some mistakes.”

“However, your nobility has led you not to choose this way of defense. Of this, I am proud and thank you.”

Let us all stand up and cheer, especially in Pittsburgh diocese.

via Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, appoints him interim DC leader

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  • Jennifer Bartoli  On 10/12/2018 at 1:09 PM

    Second thoughts … seems that Francis calls W’s sins of omission (deliberately choosing to do nothing) noble. yikes

    Jennifer Bartoli-Kalina bartjen@aol.com


  • Margaret  On 10/13/2018 at 8:05 AM

    Francis has no shame. That is his whole problem.

    Who will God send to help us?


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