Bishop Wuerl's Name Surfaces for D.C.
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl is again being mentioned as a candidate for advancement in the Roman Catholic Church.My Comments:
Wuerl, 63, could be among those being considered to replace Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, who recently told The Washington Post that he expects to retire soon as archbishop of Washington, D.C.
"I would think that he would be considered. Given his position in the American church, the familiarity that Rome has with him and the time he spent in Rome, I would not be surprised if he was named the archbishop of Washington," Francesco Cesareo, dean of the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, said Sunday.
McCarrick submitted his resignation when he turned 75 in July, as required by church law. Cesareo said it would be traditional for Pope Benedict XVI to announce acceptance of McCarrick's retirement and name his successor at the same time.
This is nothing but pure speculation. Nevertheless, if true, I would find it somewhat troubling. You may recall that it was Bishop Wuerl who said that an individual bishop should consult with the other bishops before speaking out on "controversial" issues [like abortion, perhaps?]. His proposal was described as an "attempt to muffle loose cannons".
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Bishop Wuerl: Bishops Should Consult One Another Before Speaking On National Issues Like Kerry And Communion