Pope Names Wuerl New Archbishop of Washington, DC
(Hat tip: Amy Welborn)
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Tuesday named Donald W. Wuerl, bishop of Pittsburgh, to be the new archbishop of Washington D.C., one of the most prestigious posts in the American Catholic Church, the Vatican said.My Quotes:
Wuerl succeeds Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, 75, who is retiring after five years in the job.
The post of archbishop of Washington is one of the most influential in American Catholicism because of the regular contacts the prelate has with the White House and other branches of U.S. government.
Wuerl, 65, has been bishop of Pittsburgh since 1988. He was ordained a priest in 1966. Before moving to Pittsburgh, he served as assistant bishop in Seattle.
I had hoped this wouldn't happen for reasons explained here. Although I will try to keep an open mind, here's my prediction: McCarrick II.
American Papist has a roundup of the coverage.
Other Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Bishop Wuerl's Name Surfaces for D.C.
Bishop Wuerl: Bishops Should Consult One Another Before Speaking On National Issues Like Kerry And Communion