Developing Story | Pope Francis meets with bishops about the abuse crisis

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

Leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently requested an audience with Pope Francis to discuss the moral crisis in the American Catholic Church.

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago even claimed that people were criticizing the way the pope was silent on allegations of abuse and cover-up because he was "Latino".

The Pope will meet the presidents of the Catholic bishops conferences from around the world in the Vatican from February 21-24, the Vatican said Wednesday.

The church is facing abuse scandals in the United States, Chile, Australia and Germany, among other places.

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.

Researchers who spent four years studying records and conducting new interviews found that 1,670 priests and other religious leaders were suspected of engaging in abuse - 4.4 percent of the total number of clergy in the country.

Garcia Ovejero reiterated the council's last written statement from September 10 in which the members asked Pope Francis for a reflection on "the work, structure and composition of the council itself, also taking into account the advanced age of some of its members".

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The summit was announced as Francis still works to recover from his botched handling of the sex abuse scandal in the Chilean church, sparked earlier this year when he repeatedly discredited victims of a notorious Chilean predator priest. The mass aims to "give voice to the pain and suffering of the survivors of clergy sexual abuse and failures in episcopal oversight, while also recognizing the pain and wound of the whole Church", he wrote.

"To now be unfairly included in that group and to hear the horrific allegations that are being made of me is unbelievable and shocking", he said April 19, 2012.

The decision comes on the same day a US delegation met with Pope Francis over the latest chapter in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse and cover-up 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.

The summit recalls the April 2002 meeting John Paul called with the senior USA church leadership after the sex abuse scandal first exploded publicly in Boston.

Hours after Viganò's statement was published, Francis told reporters that he would "not say a word" about it because it "speaks for itself".

Wuerl has defended his overall record in Pittsburgh, but has also been accused of knowing about sexual misconduct by McCarrick, which he denies.

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