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

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

Francis has received significant criticism over his handling of abuse, including an open letter from the Catholic Women's forum that has received more than 44,000 signatures.

Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke said DiNardo and O'Malley would meet with Francis on Thursday in the Apostolic Palace.

But a man testifying four years ago in the Philadelphia trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior U.S. Catholic Church official convicted of concealing sex abuse, accused Bransfield of misconduct.

Francis eventually admitted to "grave errors in judgment" and took steps to make amends, including securing offers of resignation from every active member of Chile's bishops' conference.

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 decision comes on the same day a US delegation met with Pope Francis over the latest chapter in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, will ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation when he travels to the Vatican in the near future, CNN reported.

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DiNardo has said Vigano's accusations "deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence". Similar investigations are taking place in several other states.

Francis, he said, "has enormous amounts of what (German theologian) Hans Kung has called 'capital of credibility, ' but he's losing it fast", Bellitto said.

In a 16 August letter the cardinal wrote that the U.S. bishops' executive committee had agreed on a three-pronged response to the crisis which included an apostolic visitation "into the questions surrounding" Archbishop McCarrick, the opening of "new and confidential channels" for reporting complaints about bishops' misconduct and establishing more effective ways to resolve future complaints.

In an exclusive interview with FOX 5 after the grand jury report came out, Wuerl stated that he would not resign from his post and defended his record of dealing with predator priests while he was Pittsburgh's bishop.

"I pray and hope that the church gets this right", Ryan emphasized of the situation overall, "I think Cardinal DiNardo who is the head of the USCCB...from what I can see is on the right track and I pray for him as he goes to the Vatican".

Wuerl is now the leader of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and was a former Bishop of the Pittsburgh Diocese.

In Germany, a church study published in a magazine on Wednesday showed 1,670 clerics and priests had sexually abused 3,677 minors, mostly males, in the country between 1946 and 2014.

The official findings are not set for release until September 25.

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