Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of D.C.’s Scandal-Plagued Cardinal Wuerl

In an expected but still momentous announcement, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Wuerl has been under intense scrutiny over his handling of sexual abuse allegations during his time as Bishop of Pittsburgh and later as Archbishop of Washington. All bishops, as a way of retiring, are required to submit their resignations to the pope when they turn 75, but the pope can defer accepting them until he decides the time is right. In Wuerl’s case, he has remained in his position as the archbishop of a major diocese since submitting