Pope Francis issues new church law on abuse and cover-up with little if no changes in current law.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2019

Pope Francis issues new church law on abuse and cover-up with little if no changes in current law.

Law allows bishops to keep child abusers in ministry with no  consequences for bishops that cover. up sex crimes

Statement by Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA)

CONTACT

Peter Isely, Founding Member, ECA United States +1414.429.7259/ peterisely@gmail.com

Today Pope Francis issued a new church law which appears to be designed to make no significant or meaningful change in how bishops and the Vatican deal with cases of child sex crimes by priests, will leave potentially thousands of known abusers in ministry, and will have no consequences for bishops who cover up for abusers or do not report […]

2019-05-09T17:44:58+00:00May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

New legislation to modify Papal Concordat to be presented today

New legislation to modify Papal Concordat to be presented today

Global groups fighting clergy abuse support Argentine survivors at the Congress  

Bill would prevent Argentine bishops and the Vatican from using the Concordat to prevent justice for survivors, withhold documents and evidence in criminal and civil cases brought by victims

Where: Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress, Rivadavia 1864, C1033AAV CABA

When: 15:30pm on May 8, 2019

Who:
Dr. Juan Pablo Gallego, Criminal lawyer and advisor of the Honorable Senate of the Nation
Members of two survivor groups in Argentina: Iglesia Sin Abusos and Adultxs por los Derechos de la Infancia
Founding Members of ECA (Ending Clergy Abuse)

Why:  Two global groups fighting abuse in the church and Argentine survivors of clergy abuse are supporting a new legislative initiative to amend the Papal […]

2019-05-08T13:33:25+00:00May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

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.  […]

2019-05-07T13:33:35+00:00May 7th, 2019|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 […]

2019-05-07T05:01:34+00:00May 7th, 2019|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.

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2019-05-06T04:06:11+00:00May 6th, 2019|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 BishopAccountability.org

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 […]

2019-05-05T12:29:52+00:00May 5th, 2019|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 […]

2019-04-28T08:23:31+00:00April 28th, 2019|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 […]

2019-04-28T08:33:57+00:00April 28th, 2019|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 BishopAccountability.org.

ECA is […]

2019-04-26T17:37:48+00:00April 25th, 2019|0 Comments
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