Most Reverend Wilton Gregory Installed as Archbishop of Washington

Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory was recently installed as the seventh archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. Gregory, previously the archbishop of Atlanta, becomes the first African American to lead the Washington archdiocese. His appointment follows high-profile sexual abuse cases involving both of his predecessors. In his remarks, Archbishop Gregory directly addressed the recent scandals. "We stand at a defining moment for this local faith community," he said. "Our recent sorrows and shame do not define us. Rather, they serve to chasten and strengthen us."

Gregory, who was formerly chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), was credited with persuading Church leaders to adopt strengthened penalties for abusers in 2002 and was part of a group tasked with developing systems to hold high-level church leaders and others accountable for misconduct.

June 3, 2019 - 7:41am
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