Cardinal Wuerl to discuss possible resignation with Pope Francis

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WILX Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has faced increasing calls for his resignation over his handling of sexual abuse cases, wrote on Tuesday that he will soon discuss with Pope Francis the possibility of resigning.

Wuerl said he will meet with Francis about the resignation he presented nearly three years ago at age 75, the mandatory age for Catholic bishops to submit their retirement to the Pope.

Wuerl has already visited the Vatican since the release of a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that revealed allegations of abuse by more than 300 priests across the state over seven decades.

Wuerl is currently facing scrutiny both over what he may have known about abuse allegations against his predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in Washington, and how he handled abusive priests while he led the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Wuerl has said information about accusations against McCarrick was not brought to him.

He acknowledged "errors in judgment" but also defended his overall handling of clerical abuse in Pittsburgh.

Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with church officials Thursday to discuss how to address the problems in the Catholic Church.