Pope to meet US bishops Thursday over abuse scandal

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As a fruit of our discernment I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented almost three years ago, November 12, 2015.

In a letter, Wuerl wrote - at issue is how to begin effectively a new level of healing to survivors who have suffered so much and the faithful.

Pope Francis will meet with USA cardinals and bishops Thursday to discuss the sex abuse scandal, according to the Vatican.

The petition asked the pope to remove Wuerl from his position for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of minors and paying off clergy to lie about their stories while serving as bishop of Pittsburgh.

Wuerl has faced scrutiny and calls for his resignation after a Pennsylvania grand jury report alleged that more than 300 Catholic priests in the state committed more than 1,000 total instances of sexual abuse.

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Moving priests who have been accused of child sex abuse is widely seen as a way to help them avoid facing any consequences.

They are expected to discuss allegations that a former top American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, had sexually abused seminarians and an altar boy.

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

A Vatican spokesperson said the meeting of the heads of national Catholic bishops conferences would take place February 21-24.

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.

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

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Francis, who had met in late August with Washington Cardinal Wuerl - embattled by reports he moved abusive priests between parishes while bishop of Pittsburgh and knew about his predecessor McCarrick - would meet with USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

DiNardo has also said recent claims of cover-up of McCarrick's misconduct - including against top Vatican officials and the pope himself - deserve answers.

Pope Francis addressed the recent sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in some controversial remarks Tuesday in his homily. Also involved are two officials from the United States conference, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, according to a Vatican statement.

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