FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
In Rome, Deaf victims of priest sex abuse from Argentina going to CDF for their files to “test” Pope Francis’ new law abolishing papal secrecy.
Will also deliver to Vatican officials report detailing human rights violations by the Holy See in Geneva earlier this week.
Vatican officials in Argentina today refusing to cooperate with Argentine prosecutors in criminal investigations of sexual assault against deaf children.
Victims will then deliver report to Argentine Ambassador to Holy See and demand action.
Link to press event yesterday in Rome with testimony from survivors: https://www.facebook.com/196165787655588/posts/547511362521027/
Link to activities and press events in Rome February 16-22 https://www.ecaglobal.org/eca-actions-in-geneva-and-rome-2020/
WHAT / WHY
Deaf victims of childhood sexual abuse and torture by Roman Catholic clergy from Argentina, along with human rights attorneys and global survivors and activist organizations will attempt to present themselves to officials of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to obtain withheld documents and files pertaining to the sexual abuse of deaf children in Argentina. According to the new church law abolishing Papal secrecy last December, all evidence pertaining to sexual abuse cases are to be provided to victims and their attorneys in criminal and civil cases around the world.
Victims will also attempt to deliver to CDF officials a report compiled by human rights attorneys in Argentina detailing human rights violations against deaf children by Vatican officials who are refusing to cooperate in local criminal and civil justice investigations. Earlier this week, survivors presented the report to UN officials in Geneva.
Following their discussions at the CDF, victims will then deliver the Geneva Report to the office of the Papal ambassador from Argentina to the Holy See.
Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Piazza del S. Uffizio 11, 00193 Rome, Vatican City.
Embassy of Argentina Ambassador to the Vatican, Via della Conciliazione,22, 00193 Rome, Vatican City.
TODAY, February 21, 2020, 11am
Argentine deaf survivors and global leaders from the Mendoza-based human rights organization, Xumek, Ending Clergy Abuse: Global Justice Project (ECA) and BishopAccountability.org. and supporters.
Peter Isely, ECA Founding Member
Tim Law, President ECA USA/ECA Board Member
Lucas Lecour, President, Xumek
Dr. Denise Buchanan, ECA Founding/Board Member
Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) is a worldwide leadership network of survivors of clergy abuse and human rights activists. Its mission is to compel the Roman Catholic Church to end clergy abuse, protect children, and seek justice for victims. ECA assembly members represent over 21 countries from 6 continents.