Survivors of clergy abuse to meet Monday in Rome with Argentine Ambassador to the Holy See.

Crédito: L”Osservatore Romano.

Meeting in advance of actions and protests this week in Buenos Aires and Mendoza.

Groups want Pope Francis to visit his home country and resolve growing clergy abuse crisis there, enact “true” zero tolerance.

Papal Concordat with Argentina must be amended in cases of child sex crimes, groups say.

Link to full text of ECA’s letter to Ambassador Pfirter.

Link to schedule of media events and protests in Argentina, May 2-6. 

APRIL 29, ROME, ITALY — Representatives of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global network of prominent clergy abuse survivors, activists, and organizations, are meeting on Monday morning with the Argentine ambassador to the Holy See, Rogelio Francisco Emilio Pfirter.  The meeting takes place in Rome. It […]

2019-04-28T08:23:31+00:00April 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Letter to Argentina’s Ambassador to the Holy See.

April 29, 2019.

The Honorable Rogelio Francisco Emilio Pfirter,
Embassy of Argentina in Rome, Italy,
Piazza dell’Esquilino 2,
00185 Roma,
Italy

Dear Ambassador,

We are writing to you as a global network of survivors of clergy abuse, activists, and organizations on behalf of and in solidarity with the survivors of Argentina.

As you know, the bishops of Argentina are in Rome for the next three weeks for their ad limina meetings with Pope Francis. They will discuss the church in Argentina and the challenges they face in their respective dioceses. The bishops have stated publicly that they will ask their former colleague to return to his home country — something he has not done in his six years as pope.

As survivors, we join the bishops in that request. We ask […]

2019-04-28T08:33:57+00:00April 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Global groups will join forces with clergy abuse victims in Argentina May 2-6

Public actions and protests to be held in Buenos Aires and Mendoza.

Survivors and activists will urge Pope Francis to “come home” and enact “zero tolerance” for abuse.

Argentina, groups say, is “ground zero” for Pope’s promise of “an all-out battle” against abuse and cover-up.

(See below for complete schedule of public and media events)

Buenos Aires, April 24, 2019 — Two months after the historic papal summit promising an end to clergy abuse and cover-ups worldwide, two global groups that fight for accountability in the Catholic church will be joining victims in Argentina to call on Pope Francis to return to his home country and enact what they say is “true zero tolerance”.

The two global groups are Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) and BishopAccountability.org.

ECA is […]

2019-04-26T17:37:48+00:00April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Two Popes. Zero Solutions. Where’s the Hope?

BishopAccountability.org

As Catholics celebrate Easter, the institutional church stands more exposed than at any point in its history.

Prosecutors and lawmakers around the world are ending the impunity of Catholic church leaders who enable abuse or commit abuse themselves.
In the United States, attorneys general in more than 15 states have launched investigations or reviews of their local dioceses.

In two of the most populous Catholic states, New York and New Jersey, thousands of older church victims soon will be able to file lawsuits, thanks to new changes in the states’ statutes of limitations.

Outside the U.S., in just the last six weeks: Police in India have charged a bishop for raping a nun; a French court convicted the cardinal-archbishop of […]

2019-04-24T05:58:33+00:00April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Declaración Pública sobre Pedro Salinas y Pao Ugaz

DECLARACIÓN PÚBLICA

10 de abril de 2019.

La Organización Mundial Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), instancia que reúne a sobrevivientes de abusos en contexto clerical y a activistas por los derechos humanos, manifiesta su categórico rechazo y preocupación por la reciente sentencia del 1er Juzgado Unipersonal Penal de Piura, Perú, que condena al periodista Sr. Pedro Salinas, por considerar parte de su labor profesional como difamación agravada en contra del arzobispo de Piura y Tumbes, Sr. José Antonio Eguren Anselmi.

Rechazamos dicha condena toda vez que atenta contra la develación de crímenes de lesa humanidad ocurridos en el seno de la institución eclesiástica católica. En efecto, para que un abusador pueda cometer ilícitos constantes dentro de una institución requiere […]

2019-04-11T04:02:02+00:00April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

That tacit agreement between the State and the Church that guarantees the impunity of Catholic priests from prison in Italy

APRIL 9, 2019 STATEMENT BY: Francesco Zanardi
President of Rete L’Abuso (the ABUSE Network )

Geneva 7 February 2019: “The Committee is concerned about the numerous cases of children being sexually abused by religious personnel of the Catholic Church in the territory of the Member State and for the low number of criminal investigations and prosecutions by the Italian judiciary”.

These are not our words but those of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, more precisely those contained in the recommendations of 7 February (point 21 of the report) that the Committee for the Rights of the Child disputes with Italy – in this case – against the Italian Justice, but continuing, in the same document, also against […]

2019-04-09T17:53:05+00:00April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Summit survivors want Pope Francis to apologize for inflammatory comments and explain post summit retreat from zero tolerance

APRIL 4, 2019. A group of global survivors of clergy sexual assault who were present in Rome at the February papal summit are calling upon Pope Francis to apologize for statements comparing them to the “devil” and wanting them to see “100 priests hanging in Vatican Square.”  The group also wants the Pope to explain several actions taken since the summit that they say “reverses” his commitment to Zero Tolerance.

The call comes today in a letter from Ending Clergy Abuse (ECAglobal.org) to the four members of the Papal Summit Committee who were selected by Francis to plan and implement the summit goals, including “listening to” and establishing communication with survivors. During the summit, global survivors from ECA met with the committee, held press […]

2019-04-07T19:12:42+00:00April 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Letter to the Papal Summit Committee

 

April 5, 2019

Dear members of the Papal Summit Committee — Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Fr. Hans Zollner.

During and after the February Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse in Rome, Pope Francis made several public statements about survivors who were present that were disturbing, demeaning and simply false. He has made yet more remarks about us and that is one of the reasons why we are writing to you. In addition, he has taken several actions since then that has us concerned and perplexed because they appear to seriously contradict his Summit promises.

Specifically, we have five areas of concern:

First, on February 20, 2019, during the summit, when 12 survivor/activists were meeting with you at the request of Pope […]

2019-04-05T05:00:29+00:00April 5th, 2019|0 Comments
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