Victims of clergy abuse to protest, launch new NGO, outside Metropolitan Cathedral

Groups will visually highlight number of abusive clergy still hidden in Argentine church Groups estimate number of clergy offenders in Argentina is 1,302 Likely number of victims, they say, is more than 15,000 New victims will tell their stories Survivors will flyer parishioners with information about reaching out to hidden victims Who: 10-15 Argentine victims of sexual abuse by clergy, joined by leaders from Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) and Where: Metropolitan Cathedral, San Martín 27, C1004 CABA, Argentina When: 10:00 am Sunday May 5 What:  A new NGO of Argentine abuse victims, joined by two global groups, will hold a vigil Sunday to protest the church’s “systemic and widespread concealment” of child sexual abuse by Argentine priests. Pointing to church abuse data disclosed in other countries, the groups say that only a small fraction of the actual number of clergy abusers in Argentina has been made public. In Argentina, [...]

May 5th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Latin America|0 Comments

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 occurs in advance of a week-long series of actions and protests in Argentina that will call upon Pope Francis to visit his home country and address [...]

April 28th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Europe, Latin America|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 you to publicly support our joint appeal, and to convey our desire directly to Pope Francis. The time is [...]

April 28th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Europe, Latin America|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 ECA is an international network of prominent survivors and activists from 5 continents and 29 countries. ECA led the global survivors’ protests in Rome during [...]

April 25th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Latin America|0 Comments

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

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 Lyon for violating the nation's mandatory reporting law; and the Pope's former finance czar, Cardinal George Pell of Australia, was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing two [...]

April 24th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, North America|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 de todo un sistema que opere a su favor silenciando a la víctima. Así, abuso y encubrimiento son dos caras de una misma moneda. Sin embargo, trabajos profesionales y heroicos como el [...]

April 11th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Latin America|0 Comments
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