Hush Money? Disgraced Cardinal Wuerl Received Over $4 Million from Archdiocese of Washington Since His Ouster.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl continues to receive substantial payments from the DC archdiocese since retiring in disgrace over his mishandling of sex abuse, though the amounts have declined following media scrutiny.

The retired archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has received over $4 million from the archdiocese for his “continuing ministry activities” since 2020.

According to financial records published by the Archdiocese of Washington, Wuerl has continued to receive substantial payments from the archdiocese ever since he retired from leadership of the diocese.

Outlining the distribution of funds received from donors, which came “without donor restrictions,” the Archdiocese of Washington’s “Central Pastoral Administration” recorded the following figures for the “Continuing ministry activities for Archbishop Emeritus”:

Wuerl succeeded ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick in holding the see from June 2006 until October 2018, retiring three years after he submitted his mandatory resignation letter aged 75. Prior to that, he was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 until 2006. He continued as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Washington until then-Archbishop Wilton Gregory assumed the see in May 2019.

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