Pope accepts senior U.S. cardinal’s resignation amid sex abuse scandal

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, the Vatican announced Friday, two months after a sweeping report claimed the powerful U.S. archbishop allowed priests accused of child sex abuse to be reinstated or reassigned.

“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,” Wuerl said in a statement.

“Once again for any past errors in judgment I apologize and ask for pardon. My resignation is one way to express my great and abiding love for you the people of the Church of Washington.

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