Donald Wuerl to talk resignation with Pope Francis in Vatican

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When asked about these allegations shortly after their publication, Pope Francis dodged questions from reporters, telling them to read the accusations and make their own assessment of their credibility.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, said Tuesday that he expects to meet soon with Pope Francis to discuss the possibility of resigning.

The three who were absent were: 85-year-old Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile, who is facing questioning over his handling of abuse allegations; Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, who turns 79 in early October; and 77-year-old Australian Cardinal George Pell, who now is on trial in Australia on sex abuse charges.

As a fruit of our discernment I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented almost three years ago, November 12, 2015. However, a pope is not obliged to accept such a resignation and Pope Francis has essentially kept Cardinal Wuerl in office in Washington ever since.

Pope Francis has called an unprecedented meeting of Catholic Church leaders in response to the sex-abuse scandal that has marred the papacy. He said a decision about his future "is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan church we all love can move forward".

DiNardo has said he wants Francis to authorise a full-fledged Vatican investigation into the former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after accusations that he groped a teenager. Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the bishops' conference, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference secretary, will also attend, according to the Vatican.

The Catholic Church in the United states has been shaken by a damning grand jury report in the state of Pennsylvania that found that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years.

"Francis, who has put the Vatican back on the geopolitical stage, knows that when he needs a savvy back channel operator he can turn to McCarrick", he said.

The 21-24 February meeting of the presidents of the more than 100 bishops conferences is believed to be the first of its kind, and signals a realisation at the highest levels of the church that clerical sexual abuse is a global problem and not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world, as many church leaders have long tried to portray.

The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that the archbishop would habitually invite seminary students to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed.

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