The Catholic Church in the United States has been shaken by a damning Grand Jury report in the state of Pennsylvania that found that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years.
DiNardo has said he wants Francis to authorize a full-fledged Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after a credible accusation that he groped a teenager.
The Vatican hasn't responded to allegations by its former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, that Francis effectively rehabilitated McCarrick from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI over allegations McCarrick would routinely invite seminarians to his beach house and into his bed.
In Cardinal Wuerl's letter to the priests, which was obtained by LifeSiteNews and confirmed by the Archdiocese of Washington that it was sent on Tuesday, he discusses a resignation letter that he submitted in November 2015.
"He listened very deeply from the heart", said a statement released after the meeting September 13. He told journalists to read Viganò's letter and make their own conclusions.
"The Holy Father Francis, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, has made a decision to convene a meeting with the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of "Protection of Minors", the Vatican said.
Following his prolonged silence on the matter, the pope's advisors announced Monday that he is preparing a statement on Viganò's claims. He said the devil "tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people".
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Surveys show plummeting confidence in the Church the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland where the scandal has hit hardest, as well as in other countries.
Many have called for Wuerl's resignation, including Catholic teachers who have protested outside his services, amid allegations he tried to hide claims child sex abuse.
The Archbishop of Washington has said he will travel to Rome to ask the Pope to consider accepting his resignation.
Pope Francis is summoning leading bishops from around the world for a summit on the sex abuse crisis that threatens to engulf the Catholic Church.
Last week, one protester yelled "shame on you" at him, and another turned her back during a service.
In late August, the diocese of Pittsburgh announced that the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School would strip the cardinal's name from its title following the report.
Pope Francis reviewed for his considerations the finalized draft at their last meeting in June.