Pope to meet U.S. Church leaders after archbishop's accusations: Vatican

Pope to meet U.S. Church leaders after archbishop's accusations: Vatican

"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.

The note was sent on Tuesday, after Wuerl spent the week meeting with priests in his diocese about whether he should stand down or not.

I ask you please to include me in your prayers.

Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page. He reportedly has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. We are grateful for the courage of the people who aided the investigation by sharing their personal stories of abuse. "That means cleanse the problem with total transparency and total accountability so that the healing can begin, and so that the church can renew itself".

Victims' advocates immediately dismissed the event as belated damage control, an action publicized hastily as allegations regarding Francis' record of handling abuse cases - and accumulated outrage among rank-and-file Catholic faithful over covered-up crimes - jeopardize his papacy.

While Wuerl has argued parishioners should be allowed to know if a priest facing allegations of child molestation has been moved to another church, he allegedly engaged in the practice himself. Benedict is credited with having turned around the Vatican on the issue of sex abuse while he was cardinal, forcing bishops around the world to send all their cases to him for review because they weren't sanctioning abusers. Many have suggested Wuerl must have known about the allegations, and intentionally did not act. He denies the allegation, which the church said it learned of in 2007.

Pope Francis had on September 12 ordered the convention of a global summit of presidents of Catholic bishops' conferences to address the issue and the protection of children as the Church faces a growing backlash amid widespread allegations of child abuse and cover-ups from Chile in South America to Germany in Europe.

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The Vatican announcement came a day before Pope Francis is to meet with U.S. Catholic Church leaders.

A Vatican spokesperson said the meeting would take place from February 21, 2019 to February 24, 2019.

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.

The Vatican Press Office explained that, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, the Pope made a decision to convene the meeting, which will be tackling the theme of "Protection of minors".

In the 11-page statement published on August 26, Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to Washington, launched an unprecedented broadside by a Church insider against the pope and a long list of Vatican and U.S. Church officials.

Lori set up a hotline for potential victims to call, said the Vatican had instructed him to make the investigation public, and vowed to conduct a thorough study into what he said were "troubling" claims against Bransfield, who was a major fundraiser for the Vatican via the Pennsylvania-based Papal Foundation.

Archbishop José Gomez, the vice-president of the bishops' conference will also attend.

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