Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio joined African American priests in Diocese of Brooklyn to celebrate the naming of Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory, who currently serves as archbishop of Washington. He will be the first African American cardinal in the United States.
President Donald Trump’s visit in early June to the Saint Pope John Paul II Shrine in Washington D.C. continues to generate controversy. Now Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s criticism of the visit is coming under scrutiny.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington D.C. has issued a statement strongly condemning the killing of an unarmed black man in Georgia, saying that it serves as a reminder that racism is a virus every bit as dangerous as the coronavirus.
Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said recent public comments by President Donald Trump and others about Baltimore and the responses those remarks have generated “have deepened divisions and diminished our national life.”
Archbishop Gregory succeeds Cardinal Donald Wuerl as the seventh Archbishop of Washington. Wuerl’s resignation was accepted by Pope Francis in October following scrutiny of his handling of abuse cases earlier in his career.