Survivors from around the globe welcome US federal investigation of Pennsylvania dioceses but inquiry needs to be nationwide

US justice officials are well behind Australia and other countries. October 18, 2018. Today it was learned that the US Justice Department has finally launched an investigation into the sex abuse of children and the cover up of those crimes in the dioceses of Pennsylvania. This is a long overdue and significant development.  It should lead to a nationwide probe of every diocese and religious order in the US, especially where the documentation and evidence is similar, if not more damning, than Pennsylvania. This includes several states where nearly full sets of church documents have been court ordered released through civil courts and church bankruptcies. There are now over a million pages of abuse files that have been made public across the United States. The pattern and practice by several generations of US bishops of transferring or, more recently, concealing sex offenders has been overwhelmingly established. It is a nationwide [...]

Protest in Warsaw to demand investigation of pedophilia in Poland’s church

Warsaw protest to demand investigation of pedophilia in Poland's church. Reported by Donald Snyder NCR online. October 4, 2018. Childrens' shoes are seen Aug. 26 on the fence of the Church of Saint Florian in Krakow, Poland, for victims of pedophilia in that diocese. (Jakub Porzycki/Agenja Gazeta). Child sexual abuse survivor and victims' advocate Marek Lisinski is leading a march Oct. 7 in Warsaw to protest pedophilia in Poland's Catholic Church. Lisinski, 50, is president of Don't Be Afraid Foundation, an organization that counsels and operates a hotline for survivors of sexual abuse. The Oct. 7 protest will demand the establishment of a government commission to evaluate the extent of pedophilia in the church and to aggressively prosecute sex offenders. No church or government statistics on pedophilia in Poland are available, but newspaper accounts and court data suggest there is a significant problem. For the full news item [...]

October 6th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, Europe|0 Comments

Global survivors of clergy abuse call for action against abuse in seminaries

As worldwide synod of bishops on young people and vocations begins in Rome global survivors of clergy abuse call for action against abuse in seminaries. Group wants synod to embrace zero tolerance of sexual violence, cover up by bishops and demand Vatican compliance with UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Statement by Peter Isely, Founding Member, Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA). October 2, 2018. Bishops around the world will convene on Wednesday October 3rd in Rome to begin a month-long synod on young people, faith and vocational discernment.  The purpose of the synod is to discuss and make recommendations to Pope Francis.  They are meeting during an unprecedented global crisis of sexual assault of youngsters by clergy and the cover up of these crimes by bishops and Vatican officials.  Fueling the crisis are the growing revelations of widespread abuse of minors and young adults in Catholic seminaries around the [...]

October 2nd, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America, Europe|0 Comments

New information revealed on the serious scope of clergy sexual abuse in Italy

Italian survivors demand open investigation by the United Nations on clergy sexual abuse. Three events are being organized by Rete L’ABUSO to demonstrate the serious scope of clergy sexual abuse in Italy. Ending Clergy Abuse – Global Justice Project (ECA Global) is supporting these events and will be represented by three of its founding members: Matthias Katsch, spokesperson with ECKIGER TISCH (Squared Table) and member of the board of ECA Global from Germany, Marek Lisiński, President of the Foundation Nie lękajcie sie from Poland, Lieve Halsberghe, activist from Belgium. 2nd October, at 10.30 am, the Press conference organized by Rete L’ABUSO and by ECA Global will be held at the Foreign Press conference room in Italy, in Via dell'Umiltà 83C. All press, included Italian press are invited. During the conference the President of Rete L’ABUSO, Francesco Zanardi, will illustrate the scope of the Italian situation regarding clergy sexual abuse. The [...]

October 1st, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America, Europe|0 Comments

Global survivors respond to official release of German church abuse study

Matthias Katsch (Photo by Simone Padovani) September 25, 2018. The official release today by the German bishops of their self-authorized study of the sexual abuse of children in the German church, already widely reported on last week from leaked sources, is significant not only for what it says but for what it doesn't say.  As the authors of the report concede, as shocking and alarming as their conclusions are, the true extent of the abuse is likely much greater and the actual number of victims much higher. In fact, although claiming to be a National report on the problem of clerical abuse, it clearly is not. No examination of religious order abusers is included in the findings.  Male religious orders account for approximately a quarter or all German Catholic clerics.  They comprise some of the most high-profile cases of abuse which have been publicly exposed in Germany, especially [...]

September 25th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America, Europe|0 Comments

Figures published today on the extent of sexual abuse by priests in Germany

Figures published today on the extent of sexual abuse by priests in Germany. Statement by Matthias Katsch, speaker and chairman of ECKIGER TISCH and ECA Founding Member. September 12, 2018. It is good that we finally have figures available that prove what we already suspected:  Like its sister churches in the USA, Australia, Ireland and many other countries of the world in which the Catholic Church is represented, the Church in Germany is entangled in a system of abuse and cover-up, and has been able to deceive the public about it for decades. The study shows us only a part of reality: Files were destroyed, many cases were not properly documented, and there was confusion in the file keeping. Above all, the religious communities were not examined at all!  The victims of Canisius-Kolleg, Kloster Ettal, the Regensburger Domspatzen and all the other boarding schools, schools and homes were not considered [...]

September 12th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, Europe|0 Comments
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