Archbishop Chaput calls on pope to cancel conference on youth
The child sex-abuse crisis engulfing the Catholic Church has prompted the Archbishop of Philadelphia to ask Pope Francis to cancel a bishops’ conference focusing on youth in the Church scheduled to begin in a month.
Archbishop Charles Chaput made the request through a letter, a spokesman for the Archdiocese confirmed Saturday, though he would provide no further comment on the letter. The Youth Synod, which includes bishops from around the world, has been in the works for two years and is focused on the theme “young people, the faith, and vocational discernment,” according to the event’s website. An international panel of youths are expected to join the council of bishops for the event.
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