Leaked Study Documents Thousands of German Sex-Abuse Cases

Pope summons bishops for summit on sex-abuse prevention

Pope summons bishops for summit on sex-abuse prevention

The administrator, Baltimore Bishop William Lori, said in a statement that Francis had instructed him to "conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults against Bishop Bransfield".

The petition calls for a response to allegations from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that the pope learned of sexual abuse accusations lodged against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013 and did not take subsequent action.

The cardinal's "recent statements that he knew nothing about it", said Viganò, "are absolutely laughable".

Pope Francis has launched an investigation into alleged financial irregularities involving the 550-year-old Sistine Chapel Choir.

"He listened very deeply from the heart", said a statement released after the meeting September 13.

The Vatican is grappling with claims that the leader of the Catholic Church helped cover up an American cardinal's misconduct.

There were no details on the specific allegations against Bransfield and neither he nor his legal representatives could immediately be reached for comment. Accompanying them at the meeting was Boston Cardinal Sean O' Malley, who is president of the Vatican's Commission for the protection of minors.


In addition, embattled Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who is facing calls to step down over his handling of sex-abuse cases, revealed this week he will travel to Rome to meet with the pope "very soon" to discuss his possible resignation - which the cardinal had proposed two years ago.

The investigation and resignation were announced on the same day that Francis is meeting with a delegation of U.S. Catholic cardinals and bishops in the wake of allegations of sex abuse and coverups of wrongdoing.

McCarrick is accused of molesting an altar boy and having seminary students sleep in his bed with him.

Viganò's accusations came on the heels of a Pennsylvania grand jury report which detailed over 1,000 instances of sexual abuse by 300 priests and cover-ups by bishops.

The Vatican said Francis accepted his resignation yesterday, announcing the decision at the exact moment the USA delegation was arriving at the Apostolic Palace for the meeting.

Numerous abusing priests were transferred to other parishes and just one-third of them were ever investigated by the Church, the report states. The mass aims to "give voice to the pain and suffering of the survivors of clergy sexual abuse and failures in episcopal oversight, while also recognizing the pain and wound of the whole Church", he wrote.

In Germany, a first-of-its kind study leaked to German news outlets found that over the past seven decades, at least 3,677 children have been sexually abused by clergy members there.

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