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September 14, 2012

Cardinal Wuerl on Religious Liberty

Speaking at a conference about Catholic perspectives on religious liberty, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the role of religious faith has functioned as the conscious of American society.


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Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C. and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010. He serves on numerous national and international bodies, including the Vatican Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishops, and the Clergy as well as the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Promoting Christian Unity. Previously, he served as auxillary bishop of Seattle and bishop of Pittsburgh; while in Pittsburgh he worked to remove priests accused of child sexual abuse and pushed the Vatican to take a tougher stance on the issue. His prominent position in the United States capital and numerous publications have made him a key voice in church-state interactions, particularly related to the work of Catholic social service agencies. Ordained in 1966, he earned graduate degrees from the Catholic University of America and the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.