Pope receives US Church leaders to discuss clerical sex abuse crisis

  • Pope receives US Church leaders to discuss clerical sex abuse crisis

Pope receives US Church leaders to discuss clerical sex abuse crisis

Earlier this month, Wuerl acknowledged the turmoil surrounding his leadership - and the Catholic Church's leadership - amid a slew of multistate abuse-related investigations.

Unfortunately, the Catholic Church has been trying to identify those next steps for years now - and it seems like every day, disturbing new information comes out.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a USA bishop Thursday and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults, adding awkward drama to an audience with US church leaders over the abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church.

Cardinal DiNardo requested the meeting with Pope Francis in order to discuss the allegations in Viganò's letter which, he said in a statement, deserve answers.

There was no immediate indication from the Vatican as to whether the Pope would authorise a visitation into the McCarrick affair, although there is speculation that a lay-led board will be set up to investigate claims made against bishops.

On Wednesday, the pontiff called for a meeting of all the heads of Catholic bishops' conferences worldwide at the Vatican next February to discuss the issue of the "protection of minors".

"My primary concern is for the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this hard time", Archbishop Lori said in a press release.

In an embarrassing coincidence, Bishop Bransfield's cousin, Father Brian Bransfield, was among those meeting the Pope.

The head of the USA bishops conference, Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, had requested the papal audience last month following revelations that McCarrick had risen through church ranks even though the allegations of sexual misconduct were known in US and Vatican circles. Pictured from left are Msgr.

Wuerl has said he plans to travel to Rome in the near future to meet with Pope Francis to discuss his resignation.

In late August, the diocese of Pittsburgh announced that the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School would strip the cardinal's name from its title following the report.

"I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with out Holy Father about the resignation I presented almost three years ago", Wuerl explained in a letter to the priests of the archdiocese.

Pope Francis delivers his speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

"There is something I have understood with great clarity", Francis told them.

"We are aware of the extent of sexual abuse that is proven by the results of the study".

"I ask you please to include me in your prayers". Two dioceses also had announced allegations of inappropriate contact between Archbishop McCarrick and seminarians, resulting in settlements totaling more than $100,000.