Cardinal DiNardo Announces Plan to Halt Vote to Impose Measures of Accountability for U.S. Bishops

November 12, 2018. President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal Daniel DiNardo opened the general assembly this morning with an announcement that per order of the Holy See, no vote would be taken on procedural measures posed to stem the growing clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal. His announcement was followed by a message from the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Cardinal Christophe Pierre. In his message the Cardinal expressed that “the only way of reforming the Church is to suffer for her. The only way of reforming the visible Church is to suffer for the invisible Church.” As a result of inaction on the part of church leaders, including 130 living U.S. bishops who have been found to have covered up clergy abuse, the invisible church of child survivors of clergy sex abuse have suffered greatly. Cardinal Pierre's message made almost no mention of the bishops' [...]

November 12th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America|0 Comments

Bishops’ Proposal Designed to Prevent U.S. Justice System Oversight

RNS photo by Jack Jenkins. November 11, 2018. This weekend, the Washington Post reported on several proposals from the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to curb the child sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has gained prominence in international press. The bishops’ early proposals make no mention of compliance with the October 9th letter from the Department of Justice mandating that all documents related to clergy sex abuse by every American bishop must be “preserved in their current format and condition” by dioceses. Evidence shows that some bishops have shredded criminal evidence of abuse in the past, including several who will be attending the conference. Last week, survivors wrote to U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich, demanding her intervention with Pope Francis urging him to order the bishops to comply with the DOJ directive. Under siege by Catholics and the public, bishops are clearly alarmed that outside investigations will expose [...]

November 11th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America|0 Comments

Gingrich must get Vatican assurances that bishops will comply with DOJ directive to not destroy abuse files, groups says.

Just days before American bishops meet, survivors urging U.S. Ambassador to intervene with Pope Francis. Also seeking public release of all Vatican and U.S. State Department correspondences on clergy abuse. U.S victims and advocates requesting meeting with Gingrich. Link to ECA 11-5-18 letter to U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. A global group of prominent clergy abuse survivors and human rights activists today is urging the United States ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich, to publicly address the sexual abuse crisis and intervene with Pope Francis on behalf of all U.S. victims of abusive priests. The group is also requesting all correspondences concerning the United States and the Vatican related to sexual abuse by clergy, including those by former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Vigano. Vigano publicly accused Pope Francis of covering up for sexual abuse by former cardinal and Washington D.C. Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. Francis has not [...]

November 5th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America|0 Comments

ECA 11-5-18 Letter to US Ambassador to the Holy See

November 5, 2018 The Honorable Callista Gingrich United States Ambassador to the Holy See United States Embassy to the Holy See Via Sallustiana, 49 00187 Rome, Italy Re:  Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse and the U.S. Response to the Vatican Dear Honorable Ambassador, We are writing to you as survivors of clergy sexual abuse and human rights advocates from the United States and around the world. On November 12, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be convening in Baltimore to address the crisis of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The meeting takes place in the wake of an unprecedented formal notification by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) directing every Catholic diocese to “not destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any” documents related to the sexual abuse of children as U.S. officials investigate “possible violations of federal law.” We are asking you to urge Pope [...]

November 5th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America|0 Comments

Global group of activists and survivors of sexual abuse in France and elsewhere stand with Vignon

(Photo credit: John Leicester, File/Associated Press) Statement by Nadia Debbache, ECA Assembly Member and Lead Counsel for La Parole Libérée. November 4. 2018. French priest Pierre Vignon, a judge of the Officiality or Ecclesiasticel Court of Lyon (France) has just been sanctioned for publicly asking for the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon. Barbarin will be on trial at the criminal court in Lyon in January 2019 for failing to report the sexual abuse of more than 70 children by Fr Bernard Preynat in the 1980s and 1990s. Last August Vignon launched an online petition calling for the resignation of Barbarin. The petition collected more than 105,000 signatures. Under the pretext of a technicality in church law, and designed to punish Vigonon for his public stand against Barbarin, twelve bishops of the region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes have refused to renew his position as a canonical judge, a [...]

November 4th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, Europe|0 Comments

US DOJ orders all US bishops not to destroy abuse documents, but in previous post Pennsylvania bishop did just that.

October 26, 2018. Today it was learned that the U.S. Department of Justice has put every US diocese under notice to “not destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any” documents related to the sexual abuse of children as they investigate “possible violations of federal law.” The letter, addressed to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is significant because it covers not only the state of Pennsylvania, where the D.O.J. has officially launched a federal probe, but the entire U.S. One Pennsylvania bishop likely at the center of the current federal investigation is Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh. Zubik has a long history in Pittsburgh.  According to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar of Clergy under Archbishop Daniel Wuerl, Zubik was involved in covering up child sex abuse. Zubik was promoted to bishop of the Green Bay diocese in 2003. While in [...]

October 26th, 2018|ECA Blog Posts, North America|0 Comments
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