American bishop resigns as pope holds meeting on abuse scandal

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves at the end of his Weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City Vatican

The Latest: Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with US bishops

The recently released grand jury report into sex abuse within the Catholic Church named Wuerl as someone who had allowed priests to continue their work despite allegations of abuse.

The Vatican hasn't responded to the accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, but has promised "clarifications" that presumably will come sometime after Francis' meeting Thursday with the US delegation.

Its convening signals awareness at the highest levels of the Catholic Church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem, not restricted to some parts of the world or a few Western countries.

Pope Francis will summon the presidents of every bishops conference to a meeting in February to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, his advisers revealed Wednesday.

DiNardo has also said recent claims of cover-up of McCarrick's misconduct - including against top Vatican officials and the pope himself - deserve answers.

Last month, conservative Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claimed Pope Francis had personally ignored abuse allegations against prominent United States cardinal Theodore McCarrick for five years.

"There's absolutely no reason to think any good will come of such a meeting", given the church's decades of failure to reform, David Clohessy, former director of the victims' advocacy group SNAP, said.

Archbishop Lori was to meet with clergy and lay leaders of the diocese September 13 and 14.

He was accused of sexually abusing a teenager while working as a priest in NY in the early 1970s.

Pope Francis reviewed for his considerations the finalized draft at their last meeting in June.

Wuerl has said he plans to travel to Rome in the near future to meet with Pope Francis to discuss his resignation. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, also updated those present with the commission's ongoing efforts.

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.

However, the wave of sex abuse claims involving Catholic Church clergy in the US continues.

In July, McCarrick became the first cardinal to resign in nearly 100 years after American church officials said allegations that he had sexually abused a 16-year-old boy almost 50 years ago were credible and substantiated. McCarrick, 88, became a cardinal in 2001 and served as archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the head of all US bishops, pushed for this meeting and wants a Vatican investigation into how disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick rose to the highest levels of the church despite allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Our discernment here, I believe, has indicated the way forward to bring healing and a new beginning at the service of this church", Wuerl said.

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