Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pope accepts resignation of USA bishop accused of sexual harassment

Pope accepts resignation of USA bishop accused of sexual harassment

After launching a "season of healing" in the archdiocese on 14 September, the cardinal explained to his priests that "in the very near future" he plans "to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented almost three years ago, November 12, 2015".

All bishops are required to submit their resignation at the age of 75, but the Pope does not have to accept it.

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, private secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, on Tuesday described sexual abuse against minors by clergy as the Church's "own 9/11".

No details about the allegations were revealed yet and Bransfield's ministry, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, said they had "no idea" where he was. The Vatican Press Office explained that, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, the Pope chose to convene the meeting, which will be tackling the theme of "Protection of minors".

"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 "Protection of Minors", the Vatican said.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of West Virginia's bishop on Thursday and ordered an investigation into claims he sexually harassed adults.

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children - evidence he realizes the scandal is global and inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.

The sex abuse crisis engulfing the Pope has escalated after he was forced to investigate a United States bishop accused of molestation and a report said that there were thousands of victims of predatory priests in Germany. Victims' groups have long said that the Vatican needs to better address how to deal with prelates who cover up abuse, and how to ensure that abuse victims have a clear way to report what happens to them. Last month, a Pennsylvania grand jury accused six Catholic dioceses of covering up the abuse of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 clergy.

DiNardo has said that he wants the pontiff to authorize a full-fledged investigation of the McCarrick case and the allegations of a coverup by the Vatican.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) commented Thursday on the sexual abuse and cover-up scandal that is rocking the Catholic church. Two dioceses also had announced allegations of inappropriate contact between Archbishop McCarrick and seminarians, resulting in settlements totaling more than $100,000.

On Wednesday, German media reported that a church-commissioned study on abuse in the German church detailed 3,677 abuses cases between 1946 and 2014, with more than half of the victims aged 13 or younger and most boys.

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