Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Pope Names New Archbishop for Washington

Archdiocese of Washington

Bishop Donald Wuerl was named by the Vatican to replace Cardinal Theodore McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington.

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 is considered one of the more prominent of the nation's conservative bishops. His first appointment after being ordained a bishop in 1986 was in an unusual power-sharing arrangment in Seattle, where he was sent as assistant bishop by Pope John Paul II while Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen was under investigation by the Vatican for unorthodox views.

Cardinal McCarrick, who was regarded as more moderate on many issues, praised Bishop Wuerl as "one of the great churchmen of the United States." He spoke of his prayers that the Pope would pick a great bishop to take his place, saying, "He has done that, in spades."


Blogger ablondeblogger said...

Oh my gosh! How did I not know any of this?! I'm right outside of D.C. and not only did I not know McCarrick was leaving, I heard nothing about a replacement.

Why did McCarrick step down?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 1:38:00 PM CDT  
Blogger WICatholic said...

I believe he had turned in his mandatory retirement resignation letter when he turned 75, which was not accepted at the time. Apparently it is now accepted.

I believe also that Wuerl is one of the more conservative Bishops, but not certain.... will be checking futher later.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 1:44:00 PM CDT  

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