Pope Francis has summoned bishops from across the globe to discuss the sexual abuse of the children as the cases of cover-ups and sexual harassment hit the Catholics across the globe including their churches in Ireland and the US. The unprecedented meeting which is announced by the Vatican on Wednesday will focus on protecting the minors and would also the ongoing scandals that have fueled great rage against Catholic Churches and pressure even on the Pope himself.
The three-day meeting which would be the first of its kind would be held in Rome and would witness 100 of senior bishops across the globe. The meeting from Feb. 21 to 24 next year will address the recent sexual abuse issue and cover-ups by the Catholic Church that also even landed the Papacy in the hot waters. The reports coming on from the Vatican suggests that meeting would have the protection of minors as their first agenda.
The announcement about the meeting came after meeting with the delegation of senior bishops from the United States. This recently concluded meeting also included discussions about 1000 child sex cases of abuse in Pennsylvania, which were covered up for decades. The bigwigs would also have gone on discussing Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, who is accused of abusing young priests and seminarians as well.
It should be noted here that some factions even demanded resignation from the Pope Francis as they alleged him of covering up McCarrick for years.
The mighty scandal of decades and abuses also shook in Ireland in the hands of Ireland Catholic Church clerics, and that tightened the situation for the Catholic Papacy.