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 […]

2019-04-24T05:58:33+00:00April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Declaración Pública sobre Pedro Salinas y Pao Ugaz


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 […]

2019-04-11T04:02:02+00:00April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

That tacit agreement between the State and the Church that guarantees the impunity of Catholic priests from prison in Italy

APRIL 9, 2019 STATEMENT BY: Francesco Zanardi
President of Rete L’Abuso (the ABUSE Network )

Geneva 7 February 2019: “The Committee is concerned about the numerous cases of children being sexually abused by religious personnel of the Catholic Church in the territory of the Member State and for the low number of criminal investigations and prosecutions by the Italian judiciary”.

These are not our words but those of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, more precisely those contained in the recommendations of 7 February (point 21 of the report) that the Committee for the Rights of the Child disputes with Italy – in this case – against the Italian Justice, but continuing, in the same document, also against […]

2019-04-09T17:53:05+00:00April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Summit survivors want Pope Francis to apologize for inflammatory comments and explain post summit retreat from zero tolerance

APRIL 4, 2019. A group of global survivors of clergy sexual assault who were present in Rome at the February papal summit are calling upon Pope Francis to apologize for statements comparing them to the “devil” and wanting them to see “100 priests hanging in Vatican Square.”  The group also wants the Pope to explain several actions taken since the summit that they say “reverses” his commitment to Zero Tolerance.

The call comes today in a letter from Ending Clergy Abuse ( to the four members of the Papal Summit Committee who were selected by Francis to plan and implement the summit goals, including “listening to” and establishing communication with survivors. During the summit, global survivors from ECA met with the committee, held press […]

2019-04-07T19:12:42+00:00April 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Letter to the Papal Summit Committee


April 5, 2019

Dear members of the Papal Summit Committee — Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Fr. Hans Zollner.

During and after the February Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse in Rome, Pope Francis made several public statements about survivors who were present that were disturbing, demeaning and simply false. He has made yet more remarks about us and that is one of the reasons why we are writing to you. In addition, he has taken several actions since then that has us concerned and perplexed because they appear to seriously contradict his Summit promises.

Specifically, we have five areas of concern:

First, on February 20, 2019, during the summit, when 12 survivor/activists were meeting with you at the request of Pope […]

2019-04-05T05:00:29+00:00April 5th, 2019|0 Comments

With much touted “new” papal decree today, there is still no actual zero tolerance for child sex crimes by clergy even in Vatican City

STATEMENT BY: Peter Isely, (US Spokesperson/ECA Founding Member)

March 29, 2019. Today Pope Francis has put into church law for the small territory of the Vatican State what Vatican officials are touting as the most “advanced international thinking on the matter” of reporting, prosecuting and preventing child sex crimes and penalties for failing to report those crimes.  Even though these changes apply to only several hundred Vatican state citizens and papal diplomats, the changes are being hailed by the Vatican as “the model” for bishops to follow around the world.

It’s appalling that the new law for the Vatican state does not even enact true zero tolerance for child sex crimes. Zero tolerance is simple and clear. Any cleric who has been determined to have […]

2019-03-29T20:08:40+00:00March 29th, 2019|0 Comments

ECA’s 21 Points of Action for Pope Francis


21 Points of Action for Pope Francis

Presented by Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) and

February 25, 2019


  1. Immediately enact into universal canon law: Any cleric who has been found guilty of even a single act of child sexual abuse, no matter when the act occurred, will immediately be removed from ministry and permanently removed from the priesthood.
  2. Immediately enact into universal canon law: Any bishop or religious superior who has covered up or facilitated the sexual abuse of children will immediately be removed from his position of authority and permanently removed from the priesthood.
  3. Prohibit the destruction of abuse-related files, and immediately turn these files over to civil authorities.
  4. Create a canon law that criminalizes abuse of “vulnerable adults,” including […]
2019-03-03T21:38:45+00:00February 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Survivors to Respond to Pope Francis’ Final Remarks about Papal Summit Sunday

Survivors to Respond to Pope Francis’ Final Remarks about Papal Summit Sunday

In the spirit of responsibility, accountability and transparency global victims will be calling upon Pope Francis to explain his record in Argentina on sex abuse cases

Survivors and founding members of the international survivors and human rights organization, Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA)

TODAY. Sunday, February 24, 2019, directly after Pope Francis’s remarks at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square

Sala Stampa della Santa, Via della Conciliazione, 54, 00120 Città del Vaticano RM

Prominent survivors of clergy abuse and activists, Ending Clergy Abuse (, who have gathered from around the world for the papal summit.

On Sunday morning, Pope Francis will conclude the papal summit with remarks from St. Peter’s square.  The theme of the papal […]

2019-02-24T02:14:46+00:00February 24th, 2019|0 Comments

US victims of clergy sexual abuse to meet with US ambassador to the Vatican today.

Meeting taking place in Rome in midst of historic Papal Summit on abuse.

Survivors and founding members who represent the US section of the international survivors organization, Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) will be meeting this afternoon in Rome with US Ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich.  It is the first time in the sexual abuse and cover up crisis that victims from the US will be meeting with the US government with their concerns about how Vatican rules, policies and directives are responsible for the sexual abuse of children in the US and what steps the US government is taking to address it.

TODAY. Friday, February 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, Via Sallustiana, 49 00187 Rome, Italy

The US Section […]

2019-02-22T09:20:11+00:00February 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

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


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.


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.


Press […]

2019-02-20T00:33:03+00:00February 20th, 2019|0 Comments
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