World’s clergy meet over controversy within Catholicism: sexual abuse and coverup

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Pope Francis is seen as the four-day meeting on the global sexual abuse crisis takes place at the Vatican February 22nd, 2019. Photo credit: Vatican Media/­Handout via Reuters

Nearly 200 Catholic bishops and high-ranking clergy are in Vatican City for a meeting on child sex abuse within the church -- and efforts that individual diocese around the world made to cover it up. Pope Francis has vowed to take action to protect children, but there is a lot of skepticism around whether the church can police itself.