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Catholic Clergyman Calls on Wuerl to Resign, Says He’ll Refuse to Participate in Mass with Him

posted on September 11, 2018

The Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer reports that Deacon James Garcia, a master of ceremonies at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, wrote in a letter to Cardinal Donald Wuerl published on Saturday that he will refuse to participate in any Mass led by the Cardinal. Zauzmer writes, “Since a Pennsylvania grand jury in August released a major investigative report cataloging alleged child abuse committed in the state by more than 300 priests, Wuerl – who oversaw some of those priests during his 18 years as bishop of Pittsburgh before he became archbishop of Washington – has faced calls to resign from numerous corners.” Zauzmer underscores the boldness of Garcia’s actions, because deacons are ordained clergy who pledge obedience to their bishops.

Read at The Washington Post