LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – Cardinal Donald Wuerl has announced plans seeking resignation from his role as Archbishop of the Washington Archdioceses a month after the release of a report exposing thousands of sex abuse cases in Pennsylvania.

Wuerl found himself entangled in the scandal for his alleged role in protecting or covering up church officials who committed sex abuse while he was in a position of authority in the Pennsylvania dioceses.

On Sept. 13, Wuerl announced in a tweet, that to “To meet the need for healing of abuse survivors and the whole Church of Washington, we will begin a ‘season of healing’ with a Mass tomorrow” following with “I will be meeting with Pope Francis about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago.”

Wuerl began the “Season of Healing” Friday, Sept. 14 with a mass marking the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Survivors of clergy sex abuse representatives joined the Cardinal after the homily to light a candle symbolizing “the beginning of hope, healing, and solidarity.” 

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Regarding his plans to step down, Wuerl called it an “essential aspect of the healing so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward.”