Some clergy from the Catholic Church have been carrying out abuse for decades.
The Cardinal said the Pope had asked him to work out what he wanted to do "as we face new revelations of the extent of the horror of the clergy abuse of children and the failures in episcopal oversight".
All bishops are required to submit their resignation at the age of 75, but the Pope does not have to accept it.
"It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward".
Wuerl has already visited the Vatican since the release of a grand jury report in Pennsylvania, which revealed allegations of abuse by more than 300 priests across the state, called into question Wuerl's own conduct as a supervisor of priests when he was bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years, before coming to lead Washington's prominent archdiocese in 2006.
"I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented almost three years ago, November 12, 2015", Wuerl wrote in a letter Tuesday to the priests of the Archdiocese of Washington.
The report alleges that even though Wuerl argued that parishioners have a right to know if a priest accused of child sex abuse had been reassigned to another parish, he also reassigned priests with histories of abuse, effectively shielding them from accountability.
McCarrick is accused of molesting an altar boy and having seminary students sleep in his bed with him.
POPE Francis has taken the unprecedented step of summoning bishops from across the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of children from sexual abuse.
POOL New / Reuters Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick waves to fellow bishops as attends the midday prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Matthews in Washington September 23, 2015.
Christian blogger, speaker and writer for The Daily Wire, Matt Walsh joined Glenn on today's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program", to react to the pope's controversial speech and weigh in on the far-reaching sexual abuse scandals within the church.
A top Vatican official earlier this week acknowledged that some allegations against McCarrick were brought to the Vatican's attention as early as 2000.
Two of the members of the current C-9, Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, are under a cloud for allegations related to church sexual abuse scandals in their countries.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, and Msgr.