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September 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Donald Wuerl will no longer be joining Legatus, the organization of Catholic businessmen, in its September 7-10 pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico. 

Legatus declined to comment to LifeSiteNews, but a travel agent from Corporate Travel, the organization facilitating the pilgrimage, confirmed that Wuerl is no longer going on the pilgrimage. 

“Just recently they [Legatus] made the announcement that he [Wuerl] will not be joining,” the agent said. 

The back cover of a recent Legatus magazine featured a full-page advertisement for the pilgrimage along with a photo of a smiling Cardinal Wuerl. 

The top “highlight” on the trip was listed as follows: “Celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with his Eminence Cardinal Wuerl.” 


The embattled Cardinal of Washington has been under the spotlight since the revelations of sexual abuse of his predecessor Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal Wuerl’s denial of any knowledge of the allegations against McCarrick has been blasted even by other bishops as not credible. These criticisms were heightened last month when Wuerl featured prominently in the Pennsylvania grand jury report as playing a role in covering up for predator priests while serving as bishop of Pittsburgh.

There have been numerous calls for his resignation. 

The explosive testimony of Archbishop Viganò, the former papal representative to the United States, called out Wuerl for lying about the McCarrick affair. Viganò claimed that Pope Francis covered up for McCarrick, giving him honors and responsibilities, despite having detailed knowledge of his abuse of seminarians and priests. 

On the weekend a man stood up in Church and shouted “Shame on you!” as Wuerl was presiding over the installation of a new pastor.  The disturbance came as the Cardinal called for “loyalty” to Pope Francis since “it’s clear that he is the object of considerable animosity.” 

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