Pope meets with leaders of besieged US Catholic Church

Pope meets with leaders of besieged US Catholic Church

Pope meets with leaders of besieged US Catholic Church

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". In that time the church's hierarchy has formally acknowledged the gravity of these crimes but never admitted their extent, or the lengths to which senior clergy have gone to cover them up.

"For my shortcomings of the past and of the present I take full responsibility and wish that I could wipe away all the pain, confusion and disillusionment that people feel, and I wish that I could redo some decisions I have made in my three decades as a bishop and each time get it right", Wuerl said in the September 13 letter. For the sake of his reputation, but mainly for the sake of justice, the Pope needs urgently to make a full apology for the church's role in enabling and then ignoring crimes of violence against children. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the conference.

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.

Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claimed in an 11-page statement Francis lifted unconfirmed Vatican sanctions against the disgraced McCarrick when Benedict XVI was in the papal throne. Add Pope Francis as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Pope Francis news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Protocols for dealing with abuse in the church vary wildly from country to country.

Referring to the McCarrick case, DiNardo called for a "prompt and thorough examination. into how the grave moral failings of a brother bishop could have been tolerated for so long and proven no impediment to his advancement". Two people told the Associated Press they went to DiNardo to tell him about an abusive priest in his Texas archdiocese but that DiNardo didn't act.

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"We are grateful to the Holy Father for receiving us in audience", DiNardo said in a statement after the meeting.

The Vatican press office said Pope Francis will have presidents of the Catholic bishops conferences convene at the Vatican from February 21 to February 24.

While Pope Francis has refused to respond to Vigano's allegations so far, the Vatican said Monday that he was "formulating the eventual and necessary clarifications". McCarrick, 88, became a cardinal in 2001 and served as archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006.

Bransfield's resignation was accepted just eight days after he turned 75, the age at which diocesan bishops are requested to submit a letter of resignation to the pope.

Der Spiegel reported that, in many cases, evidence was found by researchers to have been "destroyed or manipulated".

They included the finding that priests sexually assaulted more than 3,600 children in Germany over almost seven decades.

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