May 16, 2006

Pope Names New Archbishop for Washington

The New York Times

Published: May 16, 2006
Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh was named by Pope Benedict XVI today as the new archbishop of Washington, succeeding Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.

Bishop Wuerl, 65, has served as Pittsburgh's bishop since 1988, and has been described as one of the more prominent of the younger conservatives among the nation's church leadership.

Cardinal McCarrick submitted his resignation to the Vatican last July when he turned 75, as church policy requires. ...

In 2003, he was mentioned as a possible successor to Cardinal Law Bernard Law of Boston, who was forced to resign in the face of widespread anger among parishioners over his handling of sexual abuse cases involving priests. At the time, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that Bishop Wuerl has "been roundly praised for his prudent handling of sexual abuse allegations within the Pittsburgh Diocese."

Posted by kshaw at May 16, 2006 07:55 AM