Pope Orders Inquiry Into U.S. Bishop

  • Pope Orders Inquiry Into U.S. Bishop

Pope Orders Inquiry Into U.S. Bishop

Also involved are two officials from the conference, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Monsignor Brian Bransfield.

Those reports come on top of a 900-page investigative report released last month by a grand jury in Pennsylvania that found that more than 300 priests had sexually abused more than 1,000 children in six dioceses since 1947, often while church leaders covered up the crimes.

The church in Germany is also in crisis. He had said he wanted to discuss further action to deal with and stop cases of clerical sexual abuse in the US, including how to make bishops more accountable for their actions or punishable for their mismanagement.

The USCCB statement described the encounter as "a lengthy, fruitful and good exchange", but did not enter into details about what was discussed or whether any concrete measures were taken or promised.

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Mr DiNardo has said recent accusations of top Vatican officials, including the current pope, covering up for McCarrick deserve answers.

Following the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop William Lori Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of an American bishop accused of sexual misconduct with adults and accepted his resignation, deepening a worldwide clerical abuse scandal.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has said he wants the Pope to authorize a full-fledged Vatican investigation into McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after a credible accusation he groped a teenager.

Referring to the McCarrick case, DiNardo called for a "prompt and thorough examination. into how the grave moral failings of a brother bishop could have been tolerated for so long and proven no impediment to his advancement".

Police on Tuesday arrested a priest in DiNardo's Texas diocese following allegations he abused a male high school student between 1998 and 2001.

Numerous abusing priests were transferred to other parishes and just one-third of them were ever investigated by the Church, the report states.

Archbishop Vigano's statement "brings particular focus and urgency to this examination", the cardinal's statement said.

In a letter to priests, the 77-year-old cardinal wrote that he plans to meet with the Pope to discuss stepping down.

"The Holy Father Francis, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, has made a decision to convene a meeting with the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of the 'protection of minors, '" the Vatican press office said in a statement.

More cases are coming to light.