The nomination yesterday of Bishop Donald W. Wuerl as the new Archbishop of Washington, caused many to react and give their opinion about the current Pittsburgh bishop. First were his colleagues, bishop of the United States, and many who worked with him in Pittsburgh.
"Having served as a bishop for more than two decades and having worked in Rome years ago, he understands the gifts and challenges of pastoral leadership. He has a wonderful way of teaching and communicating the message of Christ,” said Detroit Archbishop Cardinal Adam Maida, a East Vandergrift native in Pennsylvania.
“In the years I worked with him, I found him to be a very able and experienced bishop. He is highly respected by his brother bishops, and is known as a hard worker who is well read. Whenever he speaks, it is clear that what he is saying is the result of great learning, deep reflection and prayer,” said Galveston-Houston Archbishop Daniel DiNardo, a native of Pittsburgh
"We are absolutely delighted that the Holy Father gave us so special of a man. He's an extraordinary man, who you will love., said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, outgoing archbishop of Washington, D.C.
Mayor Bob O’Connor of Pittsburgh, on the other hand , declared that "Bishop Wuerl taught us by his example and his commitment to improving the quality of our life for all the people of our city and region. His teaching and involvement in efforts that promote the improvement of all people have left a rich legacy for us and has earned him our deepest respect and gratitude. We will miss this native son of Pittsburgh.”
A farewell Mass for Bishop Donald Wuerl, who Tuesday was named the new archbishop of Washington, D.C., will be held June 11 in St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.
"I'm looking forward to having a chance to say a farewell to so many of the faithful people of this community ... and also to pray with whoever wants to come by," Archbishop-nominee Wuerl said yesterday.