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Donald Wuerl

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Donald William Wuerl (2015)

Donald William Wuerl (born November 12, 1940) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He was Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2006 to 2018. He was promoted by Pope John Paul II to be Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle (1986–1987), and Bishop of Pittsburgh (1988–2006).

He was named Archbishop of Washington by Pope Benedict XVI and made a cardinal by him in 2010.

Wuerl was criticized for how he handled sexual abuse cases during his time in Pittsburgh in 2018. Wuerl has denied mishandling the cases.

On October 12, 2018, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Washington. He remains a member of the College of Cardinals, eligible to vote in a papal election until November 2020.[1] Wilton Daniel Gregory will replace him.


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  1. Burke, Daniel (12 October 2018). "Abuse survivors angry over Pope's praise for fallen cardinal". CNN.