According to Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), any plan by the Pope must include these 3 actions:
1. Enact global zero tolerance for any abusive cleric and superior’s complicity. Even one substantiated act of child sexual abuse or cover-up, no matter when it occurred, will result in their permanent removal from ministry or office.
2. Create a global public registry of all clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse. This would begin with the immediate publication of the 3,400 clergy found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). This will protect our children and communities.
3. Declare the obligation to report child sexual abuse allegations current and past to civil authorities. Not reporting it should mean immediate excommunication.
These three measures are crucial if the Pope is going to “spare […]
Denise Buchanan speaks at a press conference in Lima, Peru in January 2018, which was organized by LAMULA and PROMSEX (The Center for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights). The press conference highlighted the formation of The Accountability Project (TAP) which has become ECA – Ending Clergy Abuse. Denise Buchanan explains the effects of trauma caused by being sexually abused by a priest in Jamaica at 17 years of age and the fact that reparation is important for victims of clergy abuse.