Pope Francis summons bishops from all over world for sex abuse summit

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves at the end of his Weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City Vatican

The spokeswoman said the sexual abuse crisis was a main topic at the meeting, which six of the members attended.

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston spokesman Tim Bishop said Thursday he couldn't answer questions about Bransfield's whereabouts or whether he has an attorney.

The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, will attend today's meeting, after saying last month he was eager to meet the pope following the scandal.

"Criminal prosecutions, governmental investigations and journalistic exposes - stemming from courageous victims and church whistleblowers - are the best way to protect kids, expose wrongdoers and end coverups", Clohessy said.

The archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori, has been appointed to fill in on an interim basis in West Virginia - serving in both roles - until a permanent bishop is chosen.

Lori also set up a hotline for potential victims to call.

The credibility of the US church leadership is now in tatters over the McCarrick scandal and recent revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, which found that some 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s - and that a string of bishops in six dioceses covered up for them, including the current archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

The crisis has drawn in the Pope following accusations by a retired Vatican official that Francis rehabilitated the former Archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, after McCarrick was sanctioned for sexually abusive behaviour with seminarians. "We look forward to actively continuing our discernment together identifying the most effective next steps".

"The Holy See has instructed him to live outside the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston", Bishop said.

I ask you please to include me in your prayers.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a policy in 2002 that is regarded as the gold standard policy. Since the release, an archbishop claimed Pope Francis had helped hide an American cardinal's alleged abuse.

The pope came under scrutiny after his former apostolic nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, accused him of knowing about and ignoring sanctions placed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI due to his sexual misconduct with seminarians.

There were no details on the specific allegations against Bransfield and neither he nor his legal representatives could immediately be reached for comment.

Der Spiegel magazine reported on Wednesday that a study commissioned by the German Bishops' Conference had revealed that 1,670 clerics and priests had sexually abused 3,677 minors, mostly males, in Germany over a 70-year period.

The McCarrick scandal took on crisis proportions two weeks ago after the Vatican's former U.S. ambassador, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, accused two dozen Vatican and United States cardinals and bishops by name of covering up for McCarrick.

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