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ROME – After a meeting between Pope Francis and the leadership of the US bishops’ conference last Thursday following which no plans for a probe of the case of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick were announced, the bishops on Wednesday announced their support for a “full investigation.”
A statement from the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also announced various plans for establishing reporting systems and codes of conduct with regard to bishops and the sexual abuse of minors.
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The Administrative Committee is the main governing organism of the bishops’ conference in between full meetings of all the US bishops, generally held twice a year in the fall and the spring.
The Sept. 13 session with Francis featured Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, and Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president, as well as Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston in his role as president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the main advisory body to the pope on issues involving clerical abuse.
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Also present in the meeting was Monsignor Brian Bransfield, secretary of the USCCB.
On Aug. 16, DiNardo said that the aim of the meeting was to secure the pope’s approval for an Apostolic Visitation, a standard Vatican investigative tool, of the McCarrick scandal, which led to his resignation from the College of Cardinals after a charge of having sexually abused a minor altar boy.
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Although there has been no official comment from either the Vatican or the USCCB, it’s widely understood that no agreement on an Apostolic Visitation resulted from the meeting, which lends the Administrative Committee statement special significance.
In its meeting last week, the committee, the statement said,...
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