Publicado: Jue, Setiembre 13, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Pope Summons Bishops For Sexual Abuse Summit

Pope Summons Bishops For Sexual Abuse Summit

Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now threatens his legacy.

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Francis will meet this week with two other US cardinals, one of whom has said he wants a full-scale Vatican investigation of Archbishop McCarrick.

The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed.

Cardinal DiNardo requested the meeting with Pope Francis in order to discuss the allegations in Viganò's letter which, he said in a statement, deserve answers.

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

The calling of the summit comes just weeks after Pope Francis' visit to Ireland - which was protested by child protection protesters - and in the wake of fresh sexual abuse scandals in a number of countries including the United States, Australia and Chile.

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The U.S. bishops who will meet with Francis on Thursday are expected to press the pope on how that trial would proceed. After the allegation was publicised in June, it emerged that it was apparently an open secret - including at the Vatican - that McCarrick routinely molested seminarians and young priests and harassed them.

However, Cardinal Wuerl will not be attending that meeting and will be staying in Washington D.C. where he has a mass scheduled Friday at St. Matthew's Cathedral.

Controversy continues to swirl around the Pope and other top prelates after Viganò's August 25 testimony implicated Francis and others as covering for McCarrick.

Archbishop DiNardo also has said the church must answer accusations by the former Vatican ambassador to the US that Francis and other top Vatican officials have covered up for Archbishop McCarrick since 2000.

On Tuesday, he drew Satan into the fray, suggesting that the devil was behind Vigano's revelations. He said the devil "tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people". But within the divided church, Francis's stance on the underlying reasons for abuse have been contested. A top aide to Pope Benedict and Pope Francis on Tuesday said the scandal amounted to the church's "own 9/11" catastrophe.

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. We will present this plan to the full body of bishops in our November meeting.

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