Baltimore Bishop William Lori said in a statement that Francis had instructed him to "conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults against Bishop Bransfield". Cardinal DiNardo requested the meeting with Pope Francis in order to discuss the allegations in Viganò's letter which, he said in a statement, deserve answers.
But that policy has been questioned recently, given it exempted bishops like McCarrick, who according to the church's own laws, can only be judged by the pope.
"He listened very deeply from the heart", said a statement released after the meeting September 13.
Christian blogger, speaker and writer for The Daily Wire, Matt Walsh joined Glenn on today's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program", to react to the pope's controversial speech and weigh in on the far-reaching sexual abuse scandals within the church.
The Vatican did not provide any further information, but did release still photos and a brief video clip after the meeting.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, will ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation when he travels to the Vatican in the near future, CNN reported. The Vatican Press Office explained that, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, the Pope chose to convene the meeting, which will be tackling the theme of "Protection of minors".
The Vatican said Tuesday the delegation would be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and also include Francis' top sex abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
In July, McCarrick became the first cardinal to resign in nearly 100 years after American church officials said allegations that he had sexually abused a 16-year-old boy almost 50 years ago were credible and substantiated.
The Vatican said Wednesday the heads of the national Catholic bishops' conferences would meet with Francis from February 21 to 24.
The church is now facing abuse scandals in the United States, Chile, Australia, Germany and elsewhere.
The attorneys general of Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and New Mexico are investigating sex abuse by Catholic priests in their states.
But first Pope Francis will meet with the head of the U.S. bishop's conference and other top United States church officials on Thursday to discuss the sex abuse scandal.
The Vatican said Francis accepted his resignation yesterday, announcing the decision at the exact moment the U.S. delegation was arriving at the Apostolic Palace for the meeting. Protocols for dealing with abuse in the church vary wildly from country to country.
In Germany, a first-of-its kind study leaked to German news outlets found that over the past seven decades, at least 3,677 children have been sexually abused by clergy members there.