Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

September 24, 2012

In a letter to seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl encouraged them to rely on authentic Catholic teaching in their preparation for the priesthood, so that they will be able to share the truth of the Church’s teachings with the people they will one day serve.

He urged them to look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a sure guide on what the Church teaches.

“Your need to be well grounded in authentic Catholic teaching is important, first for your own participation in the great, living teaching tradition of the Church,” the cardinal said in his Sept. 3 letter to the archdiocese’s 74 seminarians.

Wuerl said that as priests, they will be ministering to people in a materialistic, secular world who have been taught things that are counter to Church teaching, especially in the area of sexual morality.