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Pope To Meet With U.S. Church Leaders Over Clergy Sex Abuse The Latest: Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with US bishops
Deanna Wagner | 13 September, 2018, 19:56

During the sex abuse scandal in Chile earlier this year, Pope Francis was forced to apologize for "errors in judgment" after calling accusations of cover-up against Bishop Juan Barros a "calumny" for years.

The Vatican said Wednesday the leaders of the national bishops' conferences would meet with Pope Francis from February 21 to 24.

Catholic Church in United States are shaken by Grand Jury report that found 301 priests sexually abusing minors. The priest is now the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond while also serving as the archdiocese's episcopal vicar for Hispanics.

Cardinal DiNardo had said in a statement August 16 that he was requesting a meeting at the Vatican following the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on the mishandling of hundreds of cases of sexual abuse in six dioceses and after news was released that allegations of child sexual abuse committed by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, the former cardinal-archbishop of Washington, were found credible.

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., in connection with sexual harassment charges and accepted his resignation, the Vatican announced Thursday.

"My primary concern is for the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this hard time", Lori said in a statement.

The pope instructed Baltimore Archbishop William Lori to conduct an investigation into Bishop Bransfield and appointed him as the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia.

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Francis's key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with USA church leaders who have been deeply discredited by the latest accusations in the Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse and coverup scandal.

Cardinal DiNardo said he wanted to present an "action plan" to the pope to facilitate reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops.

In July, Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigned amid claims of abuse.

McCarrick has said that he had "absolutely no recollection" of the alleged abuse of the teenager but has not commented on the other allegations against him.

Archbishop Vigano has called on Pope Francis to resign because of reports that the pope knew and failed to act on accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington.

The Americans have called on Francis to launch a Vatican-led investigation into how Theodore McCarrick, a former United States cardinal, climbed the ranks, even as rumours swirled about his behaviour.

DiNardo has said Vigano's accusations "deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence".