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Cardinal's name taken off Pittsburgh school due to scandal

August 22. 2018 8:14PM
Pope Francis (R) greets the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl (L), upon returning to the Vatican Embassy in Washington on day three of his first visit to the United States September 24, 2015. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo)

PITTSBURGH - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh said on Wednesday it had removed Cardinal Donald Wuerl's name from a high school after a grand jury report on sex abuse in the Church found he had reassigned priests who had been accused of abusing children, rather than taking stronger action.

Before his current role as archbishop of Washington, Wuerl was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006. The grand jury report did not accuse him of personally sexually abusing children.

The Pittsburgh diocese said in a statement that after the release of the report, Wuerl asked last week for his name to be removed from Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, saying he did not want to be a distraction. The school has been renamed North Catholic High School.

A two-year investigation into abuse in Pennsylvania found evidence that at least 1,000 people, mostly children, had been sexually abused by some 300 clergymen during the past 70 years. The report said the numbers of actual victims and abusers could be much higher.

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