West Virginia Bishop Resigns, Pope Orders Probe of Harassment Claims

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

On Thursday, the archdiocese of Baltimore's website said the pope had ordered the archbishop to investigate allegations of sexual harassment of adults by Bransfield.

Pope Francis met with U.S. bishops and cardinals on Thursday (Sep 13) to discuss the Vatican's response to a new wave of devastating claims of sexual abuse by clergy.

In his August 16 statement, Cardinal DiNardo said that the USCCB Executive Committee had established three goals: "an investigation into the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick; an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops; and advocacy for more effective resolution of future complaints". He listened very deeply from the heart. 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".

Bransfield has faced allegations that he sexually abused teenage boys in the 1970s or early 1980s while a priest in Philadelphia.

In the 11-page statement published on 26 August, Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to Washington, launched an unprecedented broadside by a church insider against the pope and a long list of Vatican and USA church officials.

In a letter to priests, the 77-year-old cardinal wrote that he plans to meet with the Pope to discuss stepping down.

Francis's key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with USA church leaders who have been deeply discredited by the latest accusations in the Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse and coverup scandal.

Francis removed him in July when the allegations were deemed credible, and since then, several other former seminarians and priests have come forward saying they were also abused or harassed by McCarrick.

Student killed in twin bomb attack near Afghan girls' school
The death toll could be higher and the number of injured is estimated to be more than 100. They were taken to hospitals in the city of Jalalabad .

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules vote on Kavanaugh nomination
In refusing to engage on Trump, Kavanaugh declined even to condemn the president's persistent criticism of the federal judiciary. Many women are deeply concerned about Kavanaugh's views on reproductive rights , an issue of extreme importance to them.

Nintendo Direct September 2018: How to Watch Nintendo Direct Stream
The tweet mentions that there will be a whopping 35 minutes of information about upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch titles. Nintendo has apologised for delaying the Direct but I'm sure you can understand why they made a decision to do it.

Pope Francis has summoned senior bishops from around the world to the Vatican in February to discuss the protection of minors from sexual abuse, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

The leaders of the US bishops' conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the church in the United States has been "lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse".

DiNardo's deputy Jose Horacio Gomez and general secretary Brian Bransfield also attended the closed-door meeting.

The McCarrick affair - coupled with revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses, including Allentown - has fueled outrage among the rank-and-file faithful who had trusted church leaders to reform themselves after the abuse scandal first erupted in Boston in 2002. Protocols for dealing with abuse in the church vary wildly from country to country.

He added: "Elitism, clericalism fosters every form of abuse".

In the United States alone, the church spent about $4bn in compensation and other costs related to the priest sex abuse crisis between 1950 and 2015, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

A leaked report commissioned by the church alleged that one in 20 Catholic clergy in Germany...

Related News:

  • Time almost up: Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast - Story | WFLD

    The storm is expected to linger, dumping several centimeters of rain in affected areas and causing widespread destruction. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had North Carolina Gov.
    Stewart reinforces elite status with WNBA title

    Stewart reinforces elite status with WNBA title

    Post your congratulations and photos on the KING 5 Facebook page as we continue our coverage of the Storm's winning legacy. No one mentioned it publicly during the five-month run up to the WNBA Finals because they knew Sue Bird wouldn't approve.

    Don't Be Fooled by Hurricane Florence Being 'Downgraded.' It's Still Very Dangerous

    Sixteen kilometres away in the city of Wilmington, wind gusts were stirring up frothy white caps into the Cape Fear River. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper warned.
  • Hurricane Florence weakens, but still a strong flood threat

    It will then slow considerably while strengthening off the USA coast, and produce extremely unsafe conditions in its path. The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the end of the storm.
    Three new fish species found in deep south Pacific trench

    Three new fish species found in deep south Pacific trench

    Apart from snailfish, they also found various freaky creatures in the environment such as long-legged isopods or Munnopsids . But although they lack giant teeth and a menacing frame they are highly adept at living where few other organisms can.

    Here’s what you need to know as Hurricane Florence approaches the US

    The governor said power plants are taking all necessary steps to help people get power back after the storm. On Monday , South Carolina Gov.
  • Feds take action against retailers in e-cigarette 'epidemic'

    Feds take action against retailers in e-cigarette 'epidemic'

    And vaping products, including Juul and other brands, use fruity and candy-like flavors to attract users. Investors in Juul's competitors appeared to welcome the FDA announcement.
    Apple 2018 Event Recap: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Apple Watch

    Apple 2018 Event Recap: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Apple Watch

    In Poland, someone who wants that same iPhone XS Max will have to pay $1,956 (compared to $1,449 here in the USA , of course). Until it was killed off on Wednesday, the iPhone SE had been a rare budget-conscious device from Apple, priced at $US350.

    Tottenham Hotspur without Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris against Liverpool

    Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Hugo Lloris has retained the Tottenham Hotspur captaincy and said that it was not down to the public to judge his goalkeeper for drink-driving.
  • Fb is making AI that will presumably identify offensive memes

    Fb is making AI that will presumably identify offensive memes

    It scans all the images using a technique that differs from those employed by traditional text recognition software. The system can analyze the contents of not only standalone files, but also individual frames within videos.
    RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

    RIP iPhone: Apple discontinues its flagships

    But if you want to actually plug those earbuds into your iPhone, you'll need to get a dongle, sold separately, for $9. The starting price of the new iPhone XS, the successor to the iPhone X , is the same as the iPhone X's: $US999.

    ‘Storm of lifetime’: Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee

    Residents along the coast boarded up their homes, lined up at gas stations and emptied supermarket shelves. A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov.


Most liked

These Photos of Hurricane Florence From Space Are Mind Boggling
Another photo (embedded below) was snapped on September 10 by astronaut Ricky Arnold while aboard the International Space Station. With Hurricane Florence churning toward the East Coast, NASA released a stunning video and photos of the storm from space.

Hurricane Florence weakens - but still dangerous
He said all the calls for reservations were coming from either SC and North Carolina where the damage is supposed to be the worst. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday, adding that life-threatening storm surge and rainfall were still expected.

3 million could lose power when Hurricane Florence hits
Wednesday update shows the storm changing course and moving more into SC after the hurricane would make landfall. The Ridgeland Fire Department urges residents in areas that typically flood to leave for higher ground.

Shocking 'death threat' development over 'racist' Serena cartoon
This is The Herald Sun's shocking front page on Wednesday which complains about the global outrage over its Serena Williams cartoon.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Season Pass Includes Assassin's Creed III Remastered
We were pretty impressed by what we discovered, so here are 7 Things you can do when you start Assassin's Creed Odyssey . This confirmed that Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is indeed launching on Switch simultaneously with the other versions.

Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2 as storm takes aim at Southeast
The storm is expected to be just offshore by Friday and is now a Category 3 storm with 125mph top sustained winds. But said if you are in an area that normally floods during heavy rains, "You should go ahead and leave".

Apple sticks to higher prices for iPhones in Europe
The iPhone Xs and Xs Max will be available for preorder starting Friday and in stores (for a moment, at least) on September 21. You'll have to wait a bit longer for the iPhone XR , which launches on 26 October, with preorders from 19 October.

Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers Announced for Switch’s Online Members
After the one-week trial, Nintendo Switch Online will cost players either $3.99/£3.49 monthly or $19.99/£17.99 annually. You can make use of a seven-day free trial by signing up on the Nintendo eShop starting September 18.

World Cup victor Lloris fined for drunk driving
A breathalyser test on the scene found Lloris to have been over twice the drink drive limit. "Of course, he doesn't feel great". It seems likely both Spurs' captain and Alli will miss Tuesday's Champions League Group B match at Inter Milan too.

Russian Federation claims Syria rebels 'staging chemical attack'
Whatever the USA promises them, Kurds must look back and understand how they were betrayed by the USA in the last hundred years. Sinirlioğlu warned "an all-out military operation would result in a major humanitarian catastrophe".

Apple debuts 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR, coming in October
Although largely unrelated, the keynote opening clio was pretty darn good so it deserves an honorable mention as well. Apple's annual hardware event may have been an exciting day for gadget lovers, as three new iPhones were introduced.

Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC
Missouri Task Force 1 is setting up its base camp in Brunswick County, North Carolina in preparation for Hurricane Florence . Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch areas, also beginning later this morning local time.

Star Defenseman Erik Karlsson Reportedly Traded to Sharks
The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season. Karlsson had spent his entire career with the Senators since being drafted by the organization in 2008, 15th overall.

Unai Emery defends relationship with Mesut Ozil
As per Goal , he told reporters: "He really needs at least this season to progress, see where we go to". But he is feeling like I am feeling.

Google Pixel 3 is expected to be launched on October 3
You won't notice any actual changes, as it's just 2.8mm shorter, and the other dimensions are less than a millimeter smaller. There was hubbub around the launch of the original adapter, which Google was hawking for an nearly insulting $20.