Rome (kath.net) Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Washington DC, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. This was announced by the Vatican. The 78-year-old was widely criticized for covering up abuse cases and cover-up allegations for weeks.
The Cardinal is one of the leading exponents for progressive causes in the world Church. We’d expect that the media will try to paint him as a conservative.
Of course, this also makes Viganò’s accusations look more credible. As CNS writes:
Now, Francis and Wuerl face a common denouncer in Archbishop Viganò. Some in Rome speculate that any move by Francis to replace or sideline Wuerl might have to be shelved, lest it look like a tacit concession to Viganò’s accusations. For the most part, Wuerl has been clear he does not intend to stand down, and that he wants to play an active part in the upcoming general session of the U.S. bishops’ conference in November, which is expected to deal almost exclusively with the fallout of the recent sexual abuse scandals.