The Pope will meet the presidents of the Catholic bishops conferences from world wide within the Vatican from February 21-24, the Vatican stated Wednesday.
“The Holy Father Francis, after listening to the Council of Cardinals, has determined to convene a gathering with the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of the ‘safety of minors,'” the Vatican press workplace stated in a press release.
The announcement comes amid rising criticism of the Pope’s position in coping with historic baby abuse inside the Catholic Church, and a day earlier than he’s scheduled to fulfill Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Convention of Catholic Bishops.
These allegations, in addition to an explosive letter from a proper papal diplomat, have raised critical questions amongst senior church leaders about why McCarrick was allowed to rise by way of the church’s ranks, in addition to who knew in regards to the accusations.
These reviews come on prime of a 900-page investigative report launched final month by a grand jury in Pennsylvania that discovered that greater than 300 monks had sexually abused greater than 1,000 youngsters in six dioceses since 1947, typically whereas church leaders lined up the crimes.
The letter, initially printed on August 30, calls on Francis to reply to Viganò’s accusation that the pontiff was made conscious of alleged sexual abuse by Cardinal McCarrick as early as 2013, and subsequently did not act.
Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to the US, stated he instructed the Pope in regards to the allegations 5 years in the past, however the pontiff did nothing about it. Viganò subsequently urged the Pope to resign.
CNN’s Daniel Burke contributed to this report.