Pope receives US Church leaders to discuss clerical sex abuse crisis


Cardinal DiNardo

Cardinal DiNardo

Source: USCCB

Pope Francis received a delegation of leaders from the US Catholic Bishops Conference (USCCB) on Thursday morning, to discuss the Church's response to the clerical sex abuse crisis.

Following a private audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB issued the following statement regarding the recent moral crisis in the American Catholic Church.

"We are grateful to the Holy Father for receiving us in audience. We shared with Pope Francis our situation in the United States - how the Body of Christ is lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse. He listened very deeply from the heart. It was a lengthy, fruitful, and good exchange.

As we departed the audience, we prayed the Angelus together for God's mercy and strength as we work to heal the wounds. We look forward to actively continuing our discernment together identifying the most effective next steps."

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