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)
Peter Isely, Founding Member, ECA United States +1414.429.7259/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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 […]
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 […]
“Global Countdown to Zero Tolerance.”
International Clergy Abuse Survivors, Activists and Allies to Stage Five Day Campaign in Rome during Papal Summit.
Actions will include a Global “March to Zero”.
Rome, Italy (January 31, 2019) — A global organization of prominent clergy abuse survivors and activists, Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), will be leading actions and protests in Rome during the upcoming papal summit, February 20-24, calling upon Pope Francis to write into universal church law zero tolerance for sexual abuse and cover-up.
Expected in Rome will be fifty ECA leaders from six continents representing over 21 nations. They will convene in Rome on Monday, February 18. The group’s plans include a Global “March to Zero” led by survivors on Saturday, February 23. Joining ECA will be leaders […]
January 16, 2019.
His Holiness, Pope Francis.
00120 Vatican City.
Dear Pope Francis,
We are writing to you as global survivors of childhood clergy sexual abuse and human rights activists to urge you to include in your February summit members of our association, Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA).
We are survivors and activists from virtually every part of the world where the church has made a home over the long centuries. In February, we will be present in Rome with approximately 45 participants from 21 countries and 5 continents. We will be standing outside peacefully but forcefully demanding action by you to effectively address the issue of clergy abuse of children and cover up.
It is our desire, however, to be inside the summit with you and your […]
January 2, 2018.
His Holiness, Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City.
Dear Pope Francis,
We are writing to you as global survivors of rape and sexual assault by clergy. Our organization represents prominent survivor organizational leaders and activists from around the world, including the United States.
As the American bishops gather today at your direction in Chicago, we are writing to you with our concerns over two U.S. Cardinals who are playing leading roles in your upcoming February summit on abuse.
We are also writing to urge you to include in your February summit the most important voices in the sexual abuse crisis: the leadership from […]
As Americans bishops gather in Illinois, survivors demand Pope remove two US Cardinals from prominent roles in papal summit.
Findings in explosive Illinois AG report “disqualifies” Chicago Cardinal Cupich from major appointment.
Cardinal DiNardo of Texas also “unfit to lead” US delegation in Rome, survivors say.
Summit will have “no credibility” if led by prelates who cover-up child sex crimes.
Francis must include global survivor groups in summit.
Bishop Coyne, Cardinal DiNardo, and Bishop Doherty at the USCCB press conference in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018. Credit: Christine Rousselle/CNA.
At a sidewalk news conference, the leading global and US organizations representing clergy abuse survivors will
- Release a joint letter sent today by the two organizations to Pope Francis urging him to remove Cardinal Blase Cupich from his […]
The Message from the US Bishops Meeting in Baltimore is Clear: US DOJ and State AG’s must intensify their investigations of bishops
November 14, 2018. The US bishops came to Baltimore this week assuring Catholics and the public that they would act with “intense urgency” to implement comprehensive and tough reforms to hold themselves accountable for the decades long cover up of child sex crimes across the United States.
November 14, 2018. President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, began the week by announcing that per the Vatican, no vote would be taken on measures to reform the process of the investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct against bishops or the bishops’ negligence in responding to allegations.
The bishops are expected today to present concrete working proposals that describe how they intend to repair their irrevocably damaged credibility, now considerably worsened by their inaction so far this week.
U.S. bishops have demonstrated that they cannot act to protect U.S. children and hold themselves accountable to U.S. laws.
Both the reporting system and the Special Commission described in yesterday’s meeting are accountable to no one but the Vatican. The results of the investigations will […]
November 13, 2018. At this morning’s USCCB Assembly, Vice President Most Reverend José H. Gomez unveiled a third party reporting system for clergy sex abuse claims that had been approved by a leadership committee in September, telling the conference it was not an actionable item requiring their vote.
He went on to describe the system – a toll-free number and internet link intended to gather and transmit claims of sexual abuse of minors, sexual harassment and misconduct with adults, and mishandling of complaints by bishops and cardinals. It was made clear that this system would not investigate the claims, but simply gather information. The investigations will be conducted by a special commission.
Saying “some people think you should […]