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Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summit

Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summit

The Chicago archbishop helping to organize next week's summit of the world's bishops at the Vatican says he expects it to make "significant progress" in responding to the sex abuse scandal that's riven the church.

Cardinal Blase Cupich told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday the Feb. 21-24 prevention summit, convened by Pope Francis, is necessary for all global Catholic church leaders to understand they must act and be accountable to the victims for the abuse cases. He spoke of the urgency while acknowledging that victims and their advocates consider such a gathering long overdue.

The summit comes at a crisis moment for the U.S. church, following a Pennsylvania grand jury report and the scandal over ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, accused of abusing minors and seminarians.

Updated : 2021-08-03 04:53 GMT+08:00