Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers, including Archbishop Scicluna

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Francis was subsequently implicated in the coverup of Theodore McCarrick, the onetime powerful American cardinal who just last week was defrocked for sexually abusing minors as well as adults.

August 16 - The U.S. bishops' conference calls for a Vatican-led investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up surrounding McCarrick.

McCarrick is the highest-ranking Catholic figure who has been dismissed from priesthood over the sexual abuse crisis, reported CNN.

The officials "imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state".

"I ask you to pray for this meeting", the pope said Sunday, adding that he wanted the meeting "as an act of strong pastoral responsibility in the face of an urgent challenge of our time".

Last year, Tobin said the archdiocese never received an accusation that McCarrick abused a minor, but that it and another New Jersey diocese received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago.

Lombardi, 71, said bishops from countries including the United States, which have developed protocols for preventing abuse and investigating accusations against individual members of the clergy, would share experiences and knowledge with those from developing countries, including those whose cultures make it harder to discuss abuse.

A former Catholic Archbishop who was defrocked by Pope Francis on Saturday will continue to live in Kansas. "There is also a very important signal for us bishops that we are not above the law ... we should be judged according to the highest standards", he said.

Scicluna said McCarrick's sexual misconduct with adult seminarians was an open secret in the USA church, and Scicluna also noted the decision could lead to "soul searching" by those who may have known about it but did not come forward.

"Hundreds of priests, bishops and cardinals are hiding behind man-made law", he said.

Mr McCarrick, 88, had previously resigned but said he had "no recollection" of the alleged abuse.

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The church is struggling to deal with a sexual abuse crisis.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Washington said: "Our hope and prayer is that this decision serves to help the healing process for survivors of abuse, as well as those who have experienced disappointment or disillusionment because of what former Archbishop McCarrick has done".

He was the Archbishop of Washington DC between 2001 and 2006.

McCarrick's punishment is described as one of the most significant abuse-related punishment given to a former cardinal in the modern history of the Roman Catholic church.

The Sixth Commandment regards sexual behaviour.

Francis hasn't responded to those claims but he ordered a limited Vatican investigation. Church leaders said what was once whispered or pushed aside will now be out in the open.

August 26 - Asked during an in-flight interview about Archbishop Viganò's letter, Pope Francis says he "will not say a single word" on the subject and instructs journalists to use their "journalistic capacity to draw your own conclusions".

The global organisation Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) said that the church's promise for "zero tolerance" towards abuse is an empty one, without the removal of not only clergy abusers but also those who cover up for them.

She says Francis should use the power of his office to laicize those bishops immediately and say "what he knew and when". There are too many young people that are leaving the church.

Maciel's predatory crimes against children were ignored for decades by the Vatican bureaucracy.

Sex-abuse victims are expected to set up shop outside the Vatican as the prelates meet privately.