Cardinal Donald Wuerl previously led Pittsburgh's Catholic diocese as bishop from 1988 to 2006, earning his name on North Catholic High School. But on Aug. 14, a grand jury released a stunning report naming hundreds of Pennsylvania priests accused of child sex abuse, quickly tainting Wuerl's reputation.
While Wuerl was not named as an abuser, Wuerl's name was mentioned 200 times in the report, and 68 named priests were from the Pittsburgh diocese, per The Washington Post. The report shows Wuerl sometimes went above and beyond to expel predator priests, yet still let some accused remain in ministry. The report sparked a petition to have Wuerl's name removed from North Catholic High School, and even led someone to spray paint over Wuerl's name on the school's sign.
ICYMI: Cardinal #Wuerl's name sprayed painted over on North Catholic HS sign. School's board of directors gave their recommendation to the diocese. Waiting for #Pittsburgh diocese to decide if Wuerl's name will come off. #WPXI pic.twitter.com/cZfH8Nn9Zb
— Courtney Brennan (@WPXI_Courtney) August 20, 2018