Catholic Church dealing with 'crisis of credibility,' Pope Francis tells US bishops

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (WLS) -- Catholic bishops from across the nation gathered Thursday in north suburban Mundelein for a spiritual retreat.

The week-long retreat was held at the Mundelein Seminary and was hosted by Cardinal Blase Cupich. Pope Francis' own pastor also helped lead the retreat.

Pope Francis said in an 8-page letter that he wanted to attend personally, but was unable to. He also addressed the sex abuse crisis the Catholic Church faces, calling it a "crisis of credibility."

Pope Francis has called the top bishops from around the world to Rome for a global summit on the sex abuse scandal next month.
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