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14 September 2018, 12:32 | Glen Norman
Pope calls meeting of key bishops on sexual abuse: Vatican
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.
The research team also stated that they "did not have access to the original files of the Catholic Church" but that all "archives and files of the dioceses had been investigated only by diocesan personnel or by law firms hired by the dioceses".
In the aftermath of the release of the report, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro accused Wuerl of lying about his involvement, saying that Wuerl's assertions that he "acted with diligence" were "misleading statements" furthering the cover-up. And the report says that in several instances, church files documenting abuse have been altered or destroyed.
The report was commissioned by the German bishops' conference and scheduled to be presented September 25 at the autumn plenary session of the German bishops, as CNA Deutsch reported.
But the grand jury added a caveat: "We believe that the real number.is in the thousands".
As is customary when Catholic bishops turn 75 years old, Cardinal Wuerl tendered his resignation almost three years ago, but the Pope did not accept it at that time. "We shared with Pope Francis our situation in the United States - how the Body of Christ is lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse". Two dioceses also had announced allegations of inappropriate contact between Archbishop McCarrick and seminarians, resulting in settlements totaling more than $100,000.
The development, announc- ed just as a highly anticipated meeting between Francis and U.S. cardinals and bishops was beginning, lent a dramatic twist to the emergency gathering, called to address another scandal involving an ex-US cardinal. "We look forward to actively continuing our discernment together identifying the most effective next steps".
POPE Francis has taken the unprecedented step of summoning bishops from across the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of children from sexual abuse.
Pope Francis will meet leaders of the US Catholic Church at the Vatican today, after a high profile accusation that the pontiff covered up sexual abuse allegations against an American cardinal.
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.
In a statement issued Thursday regarding the case of Bransfield, Lori said: "My primary concern is for the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this hard time", Catholic News Service reported.
This also applies to the findings that provide a deeper insight into the actions of perpetrators and the behavior of Church leaders over the past decades. The witness said a priest told him Bransfield was having sex with the one in the front seat.
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Bransfield issued a statement at the time denying the allegations.
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