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DES MOINES, Iowa– Thursday, for a little over two and half hours, Pope Francis huddled with America’s top bishops over the priest sex abuse crisis.

Several states are now launching investigations.

The pope also accepted the resignation of a West Virginia Bishop who’s now under investigation following allegations of a long history of sexual abuse.

In Des Moines, Bishop Richard Pates has called the abuse “totally unacceptable” and offered “heartfelt apologies” to all the victims.

“Some humans can only be exercised by prayer and fasting I have to undertake it first myself,” Bishop Richard Pates said.

Bishop Pates with the Diocese of Des Moines says victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church need more than just prayers.

“To hear all this stuff is a moral disaster that seems to have occurred worldwide and not just in the United States,” Bishop Pates said.

Pates is right, a new report from Germany’s Catholic Church found 3,766 cases of child sex abuse by clergy between 1946 and 2014.

Last month, a different report found 300 priests in the Pennsylvania Catholic Church responsible for sexually abusing 1,000.

Those are allegations, a man whose dedicated to life to the church doesn’t take lightly.

“I try to address it from three different perspectives this is a tragic moral failure, we cannot condone it, and it is what it is,” Bishop Pates said.

Even Des Moines isn’t immune, over the past ten years Pates says there has been one report of sexual abuse of a minor in The Diocese of Des Moines.

In the most recent abuse investigation last month, a priest was suspended after making unwanted advances towards a woman.

Bishop Pates is calling on parishioners to fast to raise awareness about the problem plaguing the church and realizes more needs to be done.


ANKENY, Iowa — As Ankeny Centennial sophomore Gabe Arredondo prepared to battle on the gridiron Thursday, his mother, Gunner Mate First Class expeditionary warfare specialist Diem Carpenter a seventeen year Navy veteran, was battling for freedom in Kuwait the last ten months.  “The flag means a lot to me.  She serves our county and I have nothing but respect for what she does to serve our country and sacrificing everything,” said Gabe.  But mom called an audible of her own.  “I actually texted him a couple of days ago and told him I won’t be home until next week,” she said.

Soon after the national anthem, Diem was armed with blockers of her own.  “We gotta hide. He’s gonna see me isn’t he?” said Diem as she ducked behind another family member.  The excitement reached a fever pitch when she sprinted to the goal, her son.  “Oh baby,” exclaimed Diem as she embraced her son Gabe and gave him.  The two sharing tears throughout the mother-son hug.

The emotional surprise and embrace was the ultimate pep talk for her son.  He said, “I was totally surprised.  I didn’t have any clue this was going to happen.  I heard my mom’s name on the loudspeaker and I looked around and thought oh man.  I definitely had a rush of emotion.”

As the American flag waved Thursday night, it was also the first time Gabe’s mother could wave to her son in person during a high school football game.  “I missed all of last year and this is the first one I get to see,” said Diem.

Gabe may not remember his final stat line but he will never forget when mom came home.  “It’s been a long time. I’m just glad I get to see my mom again.”

The last time the two saw each other was in December for four days before Diem left for her sixth deployment.