Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Donald W. Wuerl to succeed Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick as archbishop of Washington D.C.
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, made the announcement Tuesday morning.
Pope Benedict accepted the retirement of Cardinal McCarrick who had served in Washington since his appointment on Nov. 21, 2000.
Archbishop-designate Wuerl will continue to serve as bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh until his installation as archbishop of Washington on June 22.
"The decision of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to transfer me to the Archdiocese of Washington," Archbishop-designate Wuerl said, "is one I embrace in the context of faith in Gods providential care. Although I am greatly aware of my own limitations, I find strength in the Pope’s trust in me and also in the prayerful support I have always found from the Catholic faithful I have attempted to serve here in the Diocese of Pittsburgh."
Looks like the rumors were true. Bishop Wuerl also has the same philosophy as Cardinal McCarrick when it comes to pro-abortion politicians receiving the Eucharist. He had previously said that they should stop receiving of their own accord, but that he would not withhold the sacrament. In fact he went so far as saying that barring a politician from Communion should require a two-thirds vote from the Bishops conference and a mandate from the Vatican.
The Bishop though is solidly pro-life and there have been many positive reports about him, especially in relation to handling of sexual abuse. Bishop Wuerl is currently 65 years old.