In a statement published on the Catholic Standard, the Archdiocesan newspaper for Washington D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced that he will travel to Rome to meet with Pope Francis and ask him to accept his resignation as Archbishop.
In the letter, Cardinal Wuerl noted that had submitted his letter of resignation in November of 2015, as is customary when a bishop turns 75.
Cardinal Wuerl wrote that following after discernment, he decided it would be for the benefit of the Archdiocese if he resigned, saying:
It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward. As a fruit of our discernment, I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, November 12, 2015.
Cardinal Wuerl has been under intense scrutiny following the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in which it was alleged that he mishandled cases of clergy abuse when he was Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988–2006.