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Pope to meet U.S. church leaders over 'abuse cover-up'

13 September 2018, 09:29 | Erica Roy

Modal Trigger Pope Benedict XVI flanked by his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein in 2013. AP

Pope Benedict XVI flanked by his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein in 2013

An investigation in the United States earlier this year found rampant sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania.

The leaders of the US bishops' conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the church in the United States has been "lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse".

The head of the Catholic church said the devil "had it in" for bishops "in order to scandalise the people".

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children - evidence he realizes the scandal is global and inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.

Tomorrow Francis will meet with leaders of the United States Bishops' Conference to discuss their response to the McCarrick case and the findings of a Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania into clerical abuse and its cover-up in six dioceses.

The announcement was made as the pope was meeting U.S. Catholic Church leaders to discuss the fallout from a scandal involving a former American cardinal and demands from an archbishop that the pontiff step down.

Francis plans to meet on Thursday at the Vatican with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Pope's top adviser on clergy sex abuse.


The Vatican hasn't responded to the accusations, but presumably the "clarifications" it has promised will come sometime after Francis meets with the top USA church leadership this week.

McCarrick has said that he had "absolutely no recollection" of the alleged abuse of the teenager but has not commented on the other allegations against him.

Wuerl is facing increasing scrutiny both over what he may have known about abuse allegations against his predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in Washington, and how he handled abusive priests while he headed the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Two dioceses also had announced allegations of inappropriate contact between Archbishop McCarrick and seminarians, resulting in settlements totaling more than $100,000.

Abuse scandals have also shaken the Catholic Church in Australia, Chile and Ireland, among other countries.

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.

Bishops, he said, should be men of prayer, and should know they were chosen by God and keep close to their flock.

DiNardo has also said Vigano's accusations deserve answers.



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