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Catholic sex abuse scandal widens after U.S. bishop quits

14 September 2018

In the United States, a group of 5,000 Catholic chief executives have frozen US$820,000 (€700,000) in funds paid annually to the Holy See pending clarification of the sex abuse cases.

Those allegations against Bransfield are not included the statement.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will seek Pope Francis' acceptance of his resignation at the Vatican soon as footage of the District of Columbia prelate being heckled by a parishioner emerged on CNN.

The Vatican said Tuesday the meeting would be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and also include Francis' top sex abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O'Malley. 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". J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the conference.

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"He listened very deeply from the heart", said a statement released after the meeting September 13. Comment below and we'll try to answer as many as possible on air!

The Cardinal said the Pope had asked him to work out what he wanted to do "as we face new revelations of the extent of the horror of the clergy abuse of children and the failures in episcopal oversight".

Francis removed him in July when the allegations were deemed credible, and since then, several other former seminarians and priests have come forward saying they were also abused or harassed by McCarrick.

Francis called for an unprecedented meeting of Catholic bishops in February to discuss the sexual abuse scandal and what can be done to keep children safe. Pictured from left are Msgr.

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Wuerl has said he plans to travel to Rome in the near future to meet with Pope Francis to discuss his resignation.

The former bishop, who was a major fundraiser for the Vatican via the Pennsylvania-based Papal Foundation, will be temporarily replaced by the archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori.

The Vatican has authorized an investigation into a West Virginia bishop accused of sexual harassment of adults.

"There is something I have understood with great clarity", Francis told them. He had said he wanted to discuss further action to deal with and stop cases of clerical sexual abuse in the USA, including how to make bishops more accountable for their actions or punishable for their mismanagement.

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An earlier comprehensive investigation into clergy sex abuse resulted in the 2004 John Jay report, which found that over 80 percent of abuse was committed against male victims, which has been used to underscore the predominantly homosexual nature of the clerical abuse crisis.

Catholic sex abuse scandal widens after U.S. bishop quits