Scharfenberger Reacts to Pope's Request to Bishops on Sexual Abuse

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The Vatican is asking Catholic bishops not to vote on measures to address sexual abuse. 

They're all gathered in Baltimore this week and had planned to vote on measures to tackle the crisis and prevent further sex crimes. 

But they've been told that Pope Francis has asked them not to vote on any of their proposals.

It's a request that some found unsettling.

The pope reportedly does not want U.S. bishops to vote on the proposals until he leads a worldwide meeting with church leaders in February. 

In a statement, Albany's Edward Scharfenberger says while he understands the disappointment, he is heartened by the powerful testimony from survivors, and the conference's genuine concern for restoring the trust. 

Bishops are set to meet through Wednesday.

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