Global Countdown to Zero Tolerance – ECA Schedule of Activities

“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 […]

2019-02-12T19:38:26+00:00February 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

ECA Global calls for meeting with Pope Francis at February Summit.

January 16, 2019.

His Holiness, Pope Francis.
Apostolic Palace.
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 […]

2019-01-21T21:58:42+00:00January 21st, 2019|0 Comments

ECA’s New Year’s Letter to Pope Francis

January 2, 2018.

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
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 […]

2019-01-02T08:22:40+00:00January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Francis must include global survivor groups in summit

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.

WHAT
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 […]
2019-01-02T07:48:52+00:00January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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.

 

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2018-11-14T23:26:53+00:00November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Survivors: Bishops Must Deliver on Final Day of Conference

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 […]

2018-11-14T19:27:26+00:00November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Bishops’ New Procedures Fail to Produce Abuse Investigations Independent from Vatican

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 […]

2018-11-13T22:16:18+00:00November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Cardinal DiNardo Announces Plan to Halt Vote to Impose Measures of Accountability for U.S. Bishops

November 12, 2018. President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal Daniel DiNardo opened the general assembly this morning with an announcement that per order of the Holy See, no vote would be taken on procedural measures posed to stem the growing clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

His announcement was followed by a message from the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Cardinal Christophe Pierre. In his message the Cardinal expressed that “the only way of reforming the Church is to suffer for her. The only way of reforming the visible […]

2018-11-12T19:17:43+00:00November 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Bishops’ Proposal Designed to Prevent U.S. Justice System Oversight

RNS photo by Jack Jenkins.

November 11, 2018. This weekend, the Washington Post reported on several proposals from the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to curb the child sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has gained prominence in international press.

The bishops’ early proposals make no mention of compliance with the October 9th letter from the Department of Justice mandating that all documents related to clergy sex abuse by every American bishop must be “preserved in their current format and condition” by dioceses. Evidence shows that some bishops have shredded criminal evidence of abuse in the past, including several who will be attending the conference. Last week, survivors wrote to U.S. […]

2018-11-11T19:21:59+00:00November 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Gingrich must get Vatican assurances that bishops will comply with DOJ directive to not destroy abuse files, groups says.

Just days before American bishops meet, survivors urging U.S. Ambassador to intervene with Pope Francis.

Also seeking public release of all Vatican and U.S. State Department correspondences on clergy abuse.

U.S victims and advocates requesting meeting with Gingrich.

Link to ECA 11-5-18 letter to U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

A global group of prominent clergy abuse survivors and human rights activists today is urging the United States ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich, to publicly address the sexual abuse crisis and intervene with Pope Francis on behalf of all U.S. victims of abusive priests.

The group is also requesting all correspondences concerning the United States and the Vatican related to sexual abuse by clergy, including those by former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo […]

2018-11-05T17:47:09+00:00November 5th, 2018|0 Comments
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