May 16, 2006

McCarrick Retiring as Head of Washington Archdiocese

Washington Post

By Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 16, 2006; 7:48 AM

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick as Archbishop of the Washington Archdiocese, and appointed Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl as his successor, the Vatican announced this morning.

Wuerl, a close friend of McCarrick's who has led the Pittsburgh diocese for 18 years, will be installed June 22, archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Gibbs said.

The two men will appear together at a news conference at 10 a.m.

McCarrick's five-year stewardship of the Washington Archdiocese has been marked by prolific fundraising and outspoken but folksy leadership on topics ranging from clergy sexual abuse to communion for those who believe in abortion rights to the selection of Pope Benedict XVI last year.

Posted by kshaw at May 16, 2006 06:58 AM