Pope summons bishops for summit on sex-abuse prevention

Pope summons bishops for summit on sex-abuse prevention

A leaked copy of a report found Wednesday contains Germany's Catholic Church admitting to at least 3,766 instances of child abuse between 1946 and 2014, according to Die Zeit and Spiegel Online.

On Thursday, the pope accepted the resignation of US Bishop Michael Bransfield - a cousin of the Bransfield attending Thursday's Vatican meeting - and ordered an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults, his Baltimore diocese said in a statement.

Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops' conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

In his report, Viganò attributed a number of important papal appointments in the United States-including those of Cardinals Blase Cupich in Chicago and Cardinal Joseph Tobin in Newark-to McCarrick's influence over Pope Francis.

The McCarrick affair - coupled with revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses - has fueled outrage among the rank-and-file faithful who had trusted church leaders to reform themselves after the abuse scandal first erupted in Boston in 2002.

DiNardo has also said recent claims McCarrick's misconduct was covered up - which have been made against top Vatican officials and the Pope himself - deserve answers.

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The council has been meeting with Francis over the last three days and on Monday expressed their "full solidarity" with the Pope noting that the Vatican was preparing a response to an explosive dossier from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Francis' key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with U.S. church leaders, who are facing fresh accusations following the bombshell grand jury report.

DiNardo, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, requested the meeting with Pope Francis as the Catholic Church in the United States faces clergy sex abuse scandals on several fronts. Many cases were not brought to justice, and sometimes abuse suspects - primarily priests - were moved to other dioceses without new congregations being informed about the pastor's past, they said. His statement said the group told Francis the USA church was "lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse".

"In these times, it seems like the "Great Accuser" [a reference to Satan] has been unchained and is attacking bishops", Pope Francis said. "He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalise the people".

Pennsylvania's attorney general released the scathing report in August, revealing the results of a two-year investigation into hundreds of sexual abuse allegations.

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