Nicole Winfield writes for the Associated Press.
Wuerl is one of the most prominent leaders affected in the clergy sexual abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church.
The pope said he lacked full information about a bishop, but other Chilean bishops said they told him the truth. He summoned them all for a rare emergency meeting.
Many Chileans are still furious over Francis appointing a bishop who was connected to a notorious abuser.
In Francis' recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, he heard calls to condemn persecution of Muslims and fears of violence against Christians.