In Wake of Sex Abuse Scandal, Archbishop Wants Catholic Youth Conference Canceled
Associated Press via WBAL-TV
September 2, 2018
The archbishop of Philadelphia has asked Pope Francis to cancel a bishops' conference focusing on youth in the wake of the child sex abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church.
A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed Saturday that Archbishop Charles Chaput made the request by letter, but he declined further comment, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The Youth Synod, which would include bishops from around the world, has been planned for two years and its website says it is to be focused on "young people, the faith and vocational discernment." An international panel of young people is expected to join the council of bishops for the event.