FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2019 Pope Francis issues new church law on abuse and cover-up with little if no changes in current law. Law allows bishops to keep child abusers in ministry with no consequences for bishops that cover. up sex crimes Statement by Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) CONTACT Peter Isely, Founding Member, ECA United States +1414.429.7259/ email@example.com Today Pope Francis issued a new church law which appears to be designed to make no significant or meaningful change in how bishops and the Vatican deal with cases of child sex crimes by priests, will leave potentially thousands of known abusers in ministry, and will have no consequences for bishops who cover up for abusers or do not report sex crimes by clergy to civil authorities. First, there will continue to be no mandatory reporting requirements for sex abuse to civil authorities by priests and bishops and no penalties for [...]
New legislation to modify Papal Concordat to be presented today Global groups fighting clergy abuse support Argentine survivors at the Congress Bill would prevent Argentine bishops and the Vatican from using the Concordat to prevent justice for survivors, withhold documents and evidence in criminal and civil cases brought by victims Where: Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress, Rivadavia 1864, C1033AAV CABA When: 15:30pm on May 8, 2019 Who: Dr. Juan Pablo Gallego, Criminal lawyer and advisor of the Honorable Senate of the Nation Members of two survivor groups in Argentina: Iglesia Sin Abusos and Adultxs por los Derechos de la Infancia Founding Members of ECA (Ending Clergy Abuse) Why: Two global groups fighting abuse in the church and Argentine survivors of clergy abuse are supporting a new legislative initiative to amend the Papal Concordat between Argentina and the Holy See. In criminal and civil cases against abuser priests [...]
May 7, 2019 His Holiness, Pope Francis Apostolic Palace 00120 Vatican City. Dear Pope Francis, We are survivors of rape and sexual assault as children by priests of Argentina. We are your fellow citizens of Argentina. For six long years we have been waiting for you to return home to us and fulfill your promise to us. We are waiting for zero tolerance for abuse and cover-ups in Argentina. When you left our country to become Pope you left us behind. You left behind the many priests who harmed us in our country’s churches and schools. You left behind bishops and church officials who have covered up these terrible crimes. To our sorrow and confusion, for six years you have refused to acknowledge our existence, reach out to us, or talk with us. It is as if we are missing from your mind and heart. You have stated your desire [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 7, 2019. Pope Francis will not come to Argentina so Argentine survivors will go to him. New organization of Argentine survivors intends to send a delegation to Rome, led by deaf survivors of Mendoza and La Plata. Pope said today he does not intend to return to Argentina. Survivors will be asking Argentine papal ambassador to Rome to arrange the meeting. Who: Leaders of groups of Argentine survivors of clergy sexual abuse and a leader who launched a new Argentine organization of survivors this Sunday. They will be joined by global leaders from Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA). Where: Institute for deaf children Antonio Provolo. Calle 25 corner 47 La Plata. When: Tuesday 7/5/19 12:00 hrs. What: Leaders who are survivors of clergy sexual abuse will release and discuss a letter from Argentine survivors to Pope Francis demanding that he meet with survivors from his home country. [...]
Dos organizaciones internacionales se unen a las víctimas de Próvolo en Mendoza para exigir reparaciones y transparencia a las autoridades de la iglesia.
News conference 12 noon MONDAY in Mendoza, Argentina. Two global groups join Próvolo victims in Mendoza to demand reparations and transparency from church authorities. Groups will call on Pope to discipline Mendoza archbishop for his lack of cooperation with civil justice. Groups will call on Congress to amend Argentina’s treaty with the Holy See. Papal concordat allows the church to withhold information in the Próvolo and other abuse cases, groups say. Pope Francis, they say, must personally apologize to the Próvolo survivors for his complicity and silence. WHERE Event begins with a news conference at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Mendoza, Calle Catamarca 98, Mendoza The groups then will march to the Poder Judicial de Mendoza, Patricias Mendocinas 441, Mendoza. WHEN 12 Noon, Monday, May 6 WHO -- Victims who suffered torture and sexual abuse at the Instituto Próvolo para niños Sordos de Luján de Cuyo, along with the [...]
Estimating the actual number of accused clergy in Argentina How many Argentine clergy would be accused of child sexual abuse if the truth was fully disclosed? Today in Argentina, only around 100 clergy have been publicly accused, according to new research published last week by BishopAccountability.org, the leading organization tracking the Catholic abuse crisis worldwide. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/Argentina/Abusos/Banco-de-Datos.htm However, BishopAccountability.org and Ending Clergy Abuse estimate that the actual number of abusive clergy in Argentina since 1950 is 1,302, and the likely number of victims in Argentina since 1950, based on the offense rate of typical adult sex abusers, is over 15,000. We arrive at this estimate by extrapolating from data that has been disclosed by the church in Australia, Germany, Ireland and the United States. How we arrived at our estimate The denominator: To set up a basis of uniform basis of comparison between Argentina and these four other countries, we used [...]