Pope Summons Bishops For Sexual Abuse Summit

Pope Francis leads a meeting of the C9 council of cardinals

Pope Francis leads a meeting of the C9 council of cardinals

Archbishop Vigano has called on Pope Francis to resign because of reports that the pope knew and failed to act on accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington.

On the eve of the US audience, Francis announced he was summoning the presidents of bishops conferences around the world to a February summit to discuss prevention measures and protection of minors and vulnerable adults.

The archdiocese of Baltimore's website said the pope had instructed Lori to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults by Bransfield.

Pope Francis will meet with US cardinals and bishops Thursday to discuss the sex abuse scandal, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis has summoned the presidents of Catholic bishops conferences worldwide to the Vatican in February to discuss how to stop clergy from sexually abusing children.

After weeks of relative silence, Pope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of US bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.

DiNardo asked for the meeting last month, saying he wanted the pope to support an investigation into the scandal around former Washington DC Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals in response to allegations that he once abused a teen-aged boy.

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The 21-24 February meeting of the presidents of the more than 100 bishops conferences is believed to be the first of its kind, and signals a realisation at the highest levels of the church that clerical sexual abuse is a global problem and not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world, as many church leaders have long tried to portray.

Although Francis initially has refused to comment directly about Vigano's claims, but almost every day over the past two weeks his homily at morning Mass has seemed related to the scandal.

The Vatican announced the event after Francis met with his Council of Cardinals, his de facto cabinet.

On Tuesday, he drew Satan into the fray, suggesting that the devil was behind Vigano's revelations. Two of those allegations resulted in settlements, the bishops said. "True, we are all sinners, we bishops". He said the devil "tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people".

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein told a book presentation that he by no means was comparing the scandal to the almost 3,000 people killed in the USA 17 years ago.

A shocking Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed over 1,000 instances of sexual abuse by 300 priests and cover-ups by bishops.

The Council of Cardinals, sometimes called the "C9", is a group formed by Pope Francis himself, some members of which have been bogged down in recent days by their own set of scandals.

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