Cardinal Wuerl Appointed to Vatican Congregation, Council

January 01, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI today named Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, as a member of the Congregation for Clergy and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The Congregation for Clergy has wide-ranging responsibilities that include the promotion of the continuing spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation of priests and deacons as well as the oversight of matters related to their pastoral ministry, retirement and medical care. The Congregation also has oversight for catechesis (the teaching of the faith) throughout the Church worldwide. This includes approval of national catechisms and directories.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity was established in conjunction with the Second Vatican Council. The Council is entrusted with the promotion of an “ecumenical spirit” within the Catholic Church and works to develop dialogue and collaboration with other churches.

This past September, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith named Cardinal Wuerl as its delegate to implement the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus in the United States. That document provides for establishing personal ordinariates for Anglican groups who seek to enter corporately into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Wuerl was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2010. He is known nationally for his catechetical and teaching ministry and for his efforts on behalf of Catholic education. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America, chairman of the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and of The Papal Foundation. He is also chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine and a member of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

He is the author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His most recent book, The Sacraments: A Continuing Encounter with Christ, was published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing in December 2010. His next book, The Mass, is to be published in January 2011.

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