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SEVEN FIELDS (KDKA) – Cardinal Donald Wuerl has come under fire in the wake of a scathing grand jury report regarding sexual abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses.
Last week, thousands of people signed an online petition which was calling for his name to be removed from Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.
The Pittsburgh diocese has not said if it might consider changing the name.
On Monday, someone apparently spray-painted over his name on the sign outside of the school.
Last week, Attorney General Josh Shapiro accused Cardinal Wuerl of protecting child predators.
“Child rape is rape, whether it occurred in the 1980s, ‘90s, or 2018,” said Shapiro. “It is never acceptable, and it is never okay to cover it up as Bishop [David] Zubik did and as Cardinal Wuerl did.”
Wuerl presided over 32 accused priests during his 18 years leading the Pittsburgh diocese.
North Catholic Principal Luke Crawford sent letters to parents saying the school’s Board of Directors will hold an executive session to look into the name change issue.
Recommendations will be forwarded by the School Board of Directors to a larger diocesan group that oversees all Catholic high schools, then the matter goes to Bishop David Zubik.