Abuse survivors angry over Pope’s praise for fallen cardinal


Source: CNN

By Daniel Burke

(CNN) Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington and one of the church’s most powerful Americans. But the Pope’s high praise for Wuerl in the wake of two clergy sexual abuse scandals angered some abuse survivors.


Wuerl is the most prominent American Catholic to step down since the abuse scandal reignited this summer.
But Francis has asked Wuerl to remain as the archdiocese’s apostolic administrator — akin to an interim manager — until a successor is named. And in a letter released Friday, the pope praised Wuerl for his “nobility” in handling the criticism against him.

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