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Catholic publisher postpones Wuerl book titled 'What Do You Want to Know?'

Stephen Huba
| Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, 5:27 p.m.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington and former bishop of Pittsburgh.
Evan R. Sanders | Tribune-Review
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington and former bishop of Pittsburgh.

An Indiana-based Catholic publisher has “indefinitely” postponed the release of a book by embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington and former bishop of Pittsburgh.

The book, titled “What Do You Want to Know? A Pastor’s Response to the Most Challenging Questions About the Catholic Faith,” was due to be published in October by Ave Maria Press.

Wuerl has been under pressure to resign since the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report last week that named him 169 times for failing to properly handle cases of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, where he was bishop from 1988 to 2006.

The Notre Dame, Ind.-based publisher told LifeSiteNews.com that it would not be “appropriate” to release the book at this time, given the allegations contained in the grand jury report regarding Wuerl’s record in Pittsburgh.

Over the weekend, vandals spray-painted over Wuerl’s name on the sign at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry.

Wuerl withdrew from the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, where he was scheduled to speak on the topic “The Welfare of the Family is Decisive for the Future of the World.”

Wuerl submitted his resignation to the Vatican in 2015, when he turned 75, but Pope Francis has not acted on it.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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