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Jacqueline Hayes, a spokeswoman for the Shrine, said it is not involved in planning the event.

On Tuesday, members of SNAP demanded that Archbishop Wuerl ask Cardinal Hoyos not to preside.

“The fact the cardinal is saying Mass here is an indication the church is conducting Mass-as-usual no matter what abuse has been revealed,” said Mark Serrano, a local SNAP spokesman. “The Vatican may distance themselves from his remarks but where were they when he wrote that letter? And what kinds of decisions did that cardinal make that endangered children?”

Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington, said Archbishop Wuerl will not attend Saturday’s Mass because he will be returning from a trip to Atlanta that day. She also said that a cardinal has “universal faculties” — meaning that he can celebrate Mass, especially at a private event like this one, anywhere without having to ask permission of the local bishop.