Letter to Pope Francis from Survivors in Argentina

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 [...]

May 7th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Latin America|0 Comments

Pope Francis will not come to Argentina so Argentine survivors will go to him.

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. [...]

May 7th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Latin America|0 Comments

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 [...]

May 6th, 2019|ECA Blog Posts, Latin America|0 Comments

Estimating the actual number of accused clergy in Argentina

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, the leading organization tracking the Catholic abuse crisis worldwide. However, 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 [...]

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

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
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