Posted on Fri 12 Oct 2018, 01:14 PM

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who has been criticised for his handling of sexual abuse cases.

Cardinal Wuerl had offered to resign when he reached 75 in 2015, but the Pope did not take up the resignation.

 BBC reports that The Cardinal  was recently criticised in a report on sexual abuse cases when he was bishop of Pittsburgh and admitted to lapses in judgement.

The report said he had allowed accused priests to be reassigned or reinstated.

Cardinal Wuerl said in a statement: "The Holy Father's decision to provide new leadership to the Archdiocese can allow all of the faithful clergy, religious and lay, to focus on healing and the future."

Bishops are asked to submit their resignation at 75, but continue in their role until the Pope chooses to accept it.

Allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy worldwide continue to affect the Church.

BBC

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