Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Wuerl to talk resignation with Pope Francis in Vatican

Donald Wuerl to talk resignation with Pope Francis in Vatican

In a first for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis will hold a bishops' summit to deal with sexual abuse in the clergy.

The Pope has so far refused to respond to these allegations.

The church is now facing abuse scandals in the United States, Chile, Australia, Germany and elsewhere.

In August, a grand jury report in the USA state of Pennsylvania concluded that the US Catholic Church systematically hushed up sex abuses committed by 301 priests over a period of 70 years.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl has indicated that he will soon travel to Rome to ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation as Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USA bishops' conference, asked for the meeting after Viganò last month accused the pope of knowing for years about sexual misconduct by former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick and doing nothing about it.

In a more recent letter addressed to the priests of Washington, D.C., Wuerl indicated that he intends, "in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented almost three years ago, November 12, 2015".

According to a new poll published by the USA news channel CNN on Wednesday, Pope Francis's popularity has nosedived in the United States recently.

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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.

"Criminal prosecutions, governmental investigations and journalistic exposes - stemming from fearless victims and church whistleblowers - are the best way to protect kids, expose wrongdoers and end coverups", Clohessy said.

The pope met on September 13 in Rome with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president; Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children and Minors; and Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB vice president.

The men told the pope how the US Church "is lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse".

In a statement issued Thursday regarding the case of Bransfield, Lori said: "My primary concern is for the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this hard time", Catholic News Service reported.

Pope Francis plans to meet with top Roman Catholic officials next year to discuss the growing number of sexual abuse cases involving Catholic clergy.

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

The head of the Catholic church said the devil "had it in" for bishops "in order to scandalise the people". Pope Francis removed McCarrick from his position as a cardinal in July.

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