The Pope received again the leadership of the episcopate of the United States

The Pope received again the leadership of the episcopate of the United States

Pope Francis received today the heads of the US Episcopal Conference after the meeting held on September 13 after the report on decades of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

In a Vatican statement it was reported that Francisco received the president of the US Episcopal Conference and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Daniel DiNardo; the vice president and archbishop of Los Angeles, José Horacio Gómez; to Secretary General, Brian Bransfield, and Deputy Secretary General, Jeffrey Burrill.

The American press said that today's hearing was already scheduled for some time, but comes two days after the pontiff ordered to expand the investigation in the archives of the Holy See in relation to the case of the cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington , Theodore McCarrick, who was expelled from the College of Cardinals by Francisco last July.

A decision that came after the letter of the exnuncio in the United States, Carlo Maria Viganò, in which accused the pope of knowing the accusations that weighed on the cardinal, of 88 years of age, since June 2013.

DiNardo himself expressed on the website of the Episcopal Conference and the United States his "satisfaction" for the "additional measures that Pope Francis is taking to guarantee that the faithful are protected from the evil of sexual aggression."

"The truth will ensure that the terrible sins of the past do not recur," he added in the note.

After the meeting on September 13, Cardinal DiNardo had wished to continue with the Pope the dialogue to "identify together the most effective next steps" in the fight against abuses.


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