Survivors expectations High for Wednesday’s Anticipated Meeting with Pope Francis

Survivors expectations High for Wednesday’s Anticipated Meeting with Pope Francis Survivors who are leaders of victims’ organizations from around the world will be in attendance WHAT Five victims of clergy sexual abuse who are members of Ending Clergy Abuse, a global organization of prominent survivors and activists who are in Rome for this week’s papal summit, will be meeting at the Vatican Wednesday morning.  The group expects Pope Francis to attend the meeting. The meeting was arranged by the members of the papal summit planning committee. WHEN The group will first make remarks at a scheduled press conference at 10:30 a.m. then leave for the Vatican at 11:00 a.m. for the planned meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.  Members who are attending the meeting will be available for comment after the meeting. WHERE Press Conference — Countdown to Zero Tolerance. Foreign Press Room – Via dell’Umiltà, 83, [...]

February 20th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Europe|0 Comments

Survivors of clergy abuse to respond to Vatican summit press conference Monday

Group to discuss the role of survivors in the summit. WHAT Survivors of clergy sexual abuse from around the world who are in Rome for this week’s papal summit will be responding immediately after a Vatican press conference Monday morning.  The Vatican is expected to finally announce the agenda of the summit, meetings with survivors and expectations concerning its outcome.   WHEN Monday, February 18, immediately following an 11:30a.m. Vatican press conference. WHERE Outside the Vatican Press Building, Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, Via della Conciliazione, 54, 00120 Città del Vaticano RM WHO Founding members from Ending Clergy Abuse ( an international association of prominent survivors of clergy abuse and activists. For all of ECA’s public actions, visit our website link: CONTACT Peter Isely (US Spokesperson/ECA Founding Member) Tel: +1414-429-7259 (English) Dr. Denise Buchanan (ECA Founding/Board Member) Email: Tel: +1310-980-2770 (English) Simone Padovani (ECA Founding Member) Email: [...]

February 18th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts|0 Comments

Until Pope Francis removes from the priesthood not only clergy abusers but those who cover-up for them, zero tolerance is an empty promise

Theodore McCarrick, pictured with Pope Francis, is the first cardinal ever to be defrocked for sex abuse. (RTE) FEBRUARY 16, 2019. Pope Francis must remove from the priesthood any member of the hierarchy who covers up sex crimes. As bishops around the world gather in Rome with Pope Francis  this week to discuss the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, many of the bishops there likely have been covering up child sex crimes.  What use is zero tolerance for sex offenders if their bishops are allowed by the Pope to cover up for them? If a bishop knows if he covers up for a sex offender that both he and the offender will be removed permanently from the priesthood then zero tolerance will be a reality. For years, several bishops and former Popes knew or should have known that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was an abuser. Whether [...]

February 17th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts|0 Comments

Global Countdown to Zero Tolerance – ECA Schedule of Activities

“Global Countdown to Zero Tolerance.” International Clergy Abuse Survivors, Activists and Allies to Stage Five Day Campaign in Rome during Papal Summit. Actions will include a Global “March to Zero”. Rome, Italy (January 31, 2019) -- A global organization of prominent clergy abuse survivors and activists, Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), will be leading actions and protests in Rome during the upcoming papal summit, February 20-24, calling upon Pope Francis to write into universal church law zero tolerance for sexual abuse and cover-up. Expected in Rome will be fifty ECA leaders from six continents representing over 21 nations. They will convene in Rome on Monday, February 18. The group’s plans include a Global “March to Zero” led by survivors on Saturday, February 23. Joining ECA will be leaders from other prominent groups such as SNAP and Bishop Accountability, along with legal reform and human rights advocates. The Pope called the summit, [...]

February 3rd, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, North America, Europe|0 Comments

ECA está decepcionado por las declaraciones del Papa Francisco

Pope Francis on the plane that brought him back to Rome from Panama, where he has been in recent days for World Youth Day. Jan.27.2019.Condividi. Respuesta al Papa. January 29. 2019. Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) Estamos decepcionados y preocupados por las declaraciones del Papa, sobre la reunión del próximo febrero en Roma por diferentes razones que las pasamos a explicar. Es cierto, de que las víctimas y los defensores de los derechos humanos, estamos esperando respuestas de esa reunión, porque lo amerita la magnitud de la pederastia clerical en el mundo; porque han reconocido otros miembros de la iglesia de que existe un mecanismo de encubrimiento institucionalizado y éste debe ser desterrado; y, porque el conjunto de la sociedad está esperando respuestas y con este tipo de aclaraciones que usted hace, de seguro que no vamos a encontrar ninguna en la reunión. Nos ha llamado mucho la atención [...]

January 29th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Latin America|0 Comments

ECA Global calls for meeting with Pope Francis at February Summit.

January 16, 2019. His Holiness, Pope Francis. Apostolic Palace. 00120 Vatican City. Dear Pope Francis, We are writing to you as global survivors of childhood clergy sexual abuse and human rights activists to urge you to include in your February summit members of our association, Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA). We are survivors and activists from virtually every part of the world where the church has made a home over the long centuries.  In February, we will be present in Rome with approximately 45 participants from 21 countries and 5 continents. We will be standing outside peacefully but forcefully demanding action by you to effectively address the issue of clergy abuse of children and cover up. It is our desire, however, to be inside the summit with you and your leadership to offer our direct participation, lived experience, and difficult wisdom. Your summit cannot succeed until the day you are willing [...]

January 21st, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, North America, Europe|0 Comments
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