Cardinal Wuerl to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2018

The letter comes as Francis prepares for a Thursday meeting with a delegation of U.S. church leaders - including the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, and Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Vatican's top adviser on clergy sex abuse - to discuss the best way to handle the clergy abuse scandal.

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.

Members of Pope Francis's worldwide Council of Cardinals expressed "full solidarity" with him in the midst of questions about his handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and said the Vatican is planning a response to allegations made against him by a former nuncio.

Francis' key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with U.S. church leaders, who are facing fresh accusations following the bombshell grand jury report.

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

The latest series of abuse cases has highlighted failures by church authorities to punish accused abusers, and the Vatican has been dealing with allegations that many in its hierarchy - including Francis - ignored the sexual misconduct of a now-resigned cardinal, Theodore McCarrick.

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The meeting of more than 100 Roman Catholic officials is believed to be the first of its kind and a recognition that church leaders think the sex abuse scandal is an global problem.

The Vatican's former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, released an explosive letter on August 26, accusing top Vatican and U.S. church leaders of covering up for McCarrick for many years.

Specifically, Vigano accused Francis of rehabilitating McCarrick from canonical sanctions imposed on him by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 or 2010.

In his report, Viganò attributed a number of important papal appointments in the United States-including those of Cardinals Blase Cupich in Chicago and Cardinal Joseph Tobin in Newark-to McCarrick's influence over Pope Francis.

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein told a book presentation that he by no means was comparing the scandal to the almost 3 000 people killed in the U.S. 17 years ago on Tuesday, on September 11, 2001.

In the United States, a Grand Jury has found that 301 priests in the state of Pennsylvania sexually abused minors over a similar period. He admitted to sex abuse survivors that he had been "part of the problem" in that instance.

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