The Catholic Bishops of the United States convened a high-stakes national meeting under pressure to defuse the clergy's sexual abuse crisis.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States. In his opening remarks at the four-day meeting on Tuesday, he said the bishops "have the task of uprooting the scourge of sexual abuse by the church."
The agenda includes proposals to increase bishops' responsibility for responding to sexual abuse cases and to create an independent third party to review allegations of abuse.
The events of the past year have created unprecedented challenges for American bishops.