Pope to meet with Bishops to discuss protection of minors

Build church unity and shun clericalism pope tells new bishops

The calling of the February meeting comes in the wake of fresh sexual abuse scandals in a number of countries, including the United States, Chile and Australia.

It's unknown when the meeting between the Pope and Wuerl will take place.

Pope Francis will meet at the Vatican with leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church, including the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, to discuss clergy sexual abuse.

DiNardo has said that he wants the pope to approve a full investigation of the McCarrick case, and that reports of a cover-up by the Vatican and the pope himself need to be answered.

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".

The Vatican said on Tuesday the delegation for the pope's United States visit would be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the U.S. conference of Catholic bishops, and would also include Francis's top sexual abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Following his prolonged silence on the matter, the pope's advisors announced Monday that he is preparing a statement on Viganò's claims. He said the devil "tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people".

The announcement followed a three-day session of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals, commonly called the "C9", which he created in 2013 to advise him regarding the governance and reform of the Roman Curia.

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.

All bishops are required to submit their resignation at the age of 75, but the Pope does not have to accept it. He admitted to sex abuse survivors that he had been "part of the problem" in that instance.

In late August, the diocese of Pittsburgh announced that the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School would strip the cardinal's name from its title following the report.

One of the alleged victims was promised that La Rosa-Lopez would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away. In a letter to priests on Tuesday, he said he would be returning to Rome soon to discuss his resignation.

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