Pope accepts resignation of US bishop accused of sexual harassment

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The Vatican said that among those meeting the pope would be the head of the US bishops' conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of the Galveston-Houston area, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston.

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

Pope Francis addressed the recent sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in some controversial remarks Tuesday in his homily.

The McCarrick scandal and a Pennsylvania grand jury's allegations that some 300 priests had abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s have left the credibility of US church leaders in tatters.

Francis plans to meet on Thursday at the Vatican with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Pope's top adviser on clergy sex abuse.

Viganò said that Cardinal Wuerl was "well aware of the continuous abuses committed by Cardinal McCarrick and the sanctions imposed on him by Pope Benedict" and yet ignored the sanctions and allowed McCarrick "to reside at a seminary in Washington D.C".

They included the finding that more than 3,600 children were sexually assaulted by priests in Germany over almost seven decades.

Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to come to grips with a spreading sexual abuse crisis.

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

His predecessor Archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick was also named in the report and was accused of sexual abuse.

Communications director for the diocese Tim Bishop says work the Catholic Church does supporting communities throughout the state will continue, but that Bransfield is no longer living in the region.

Pope Francis' top advisers have said the Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" about accusations that the Pope covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American cardinal.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of an American bishop accused of sexually harassing adults and assigned another bishop to investigate the matter, Vatican officials announced Thursday amid a wave of scandals enveloping leaders within the Catholic Church. He was instructed by the Vatican to investigate allegations of "sexual harassment of adults" against Bishop Bransfield, according to a September 13 statement from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The policy has been questioned recently, given it exempted bishops such as McCarrick, who according to the church's laws can only be judged by the pope.

While no one has attacked churches with airplanes full of passengers, Gaenswein said, recent news from the U.S. "sends a message that is even more awful than the sudden collapse of all the churches of Pennsylvania together with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington".