In December 2019, Pope Francis lifted the “Pontifical Secret” providing an opportunity for survivors of clergy sexual abuse to obtain information on their cases. The Pope instructed Vatican officials to comply with civil laws and assist civil judicial authorities in investigating such cases. So ECA put this to the test.
In February this year, ECA Members and Argentine lawyers, Sergio Salinas and Lucas Lecour, and 3 Argentine Provolo survivors attempted to meet with Monsignor John Kennedy of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome to obtain files of the Argentine Provolo cases. We were met with silence. We tried to enter the CDF and we were turned away by the police. We are working with a journalist who is writing a story about whether the Vatican has made any improvements in sharing information with victims about the cases of their abusers. Please let us know of your experience if you have tried in 2020 to approach the Vatican or their local bishops to get information. Click here to contact ECA.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE VATICAN INQUIRY ON CARDINAL McCARRICK?
Pope Francis embraces then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick during a 2015 visit to the U.S. McCarrick resigned the cardinalate in 2018 before being defrocked in Feb. 2019. Photo by Jonathan Newton/AP
Theodore McCarrick was the Archbishop of Washington DC from 2001 to 2006. Since his resignation from the College of Cardinals, he has been living in seclusion in a monastery in Kansas. However, although a much anticipated report is due, it’s been quite silent in the Vatican on this matter. Journalists in Italy and the US have been providing probing new material on this issue.
SEX ABUSE IN FIJI BY NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIAN CLERGY
For the last year 1 NEWS in New Zealand has been investigating claims of historic sexual abuse against children in Fiji’s Catholic church. Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver was in Fiji just before the COVID-19 lockdown and spoke to some of the victims of the alleged abuse who say as children they were abused and raped by New Zealand and Australian priests, brothers and teachers. But so great is their shame they didn’t want to appear on camera, even unidentified.
ECA Member, Dr. Murray Heasley, from the New Zealand-based Network of Survivors in Faith Based Institution, told 1 News that Fiji’s Catholic schools were a “fertile ground for grooming” for sexual predators.
“Inside Fiji, it’s even more problematic because Fijian culture tends to hold these people in very high regard and give them massive access which they exploited,” he told the New Zealand television show.
If you have experienced childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a faith base institution in New Zealand and need some help to find some support,
members of their Network have lived experience that can help make the road a little easier to navigate. Contact them in confidence at: The Reckoning NZ
PHOTOVOICE PROJECT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF PADUA
ECA Board Member, Photographer and Community Psychologist,Simone Padovani, is working with the University of Padua in Italy on a year-long research project to assist survivors of clergy sexual abuse.
Interested participants will be asked to collect a series of pictures accompanied by text that tell their daily life as survivors of abuse. In addition, participants will be interviewed and asked to answer a questionnaire that will investigate the quality of life, resilience, etc., according to the indications of the World Health Organization. A photographic report on the life of the survivor of sexual abuse will be made and sent to the research group of the University of Padua for analysis.
THE LEAST PAPISTS
Red Smoke in Rome
In the development of the book, the author JP German, deals with topics such as pedophilia, the scandals in which the popes, pornocracy, the inquisition, the Vatican Bank, among others, were involved.
On July 2, 2015, influential social activist Gemma Hickey began a 908-kilometer walk across the island of Newfoundland to raise awareness and funds for survivors of religious institutional abuse. Almost Feral celebrates the community of support that gathered around this journey and recounts Hickey’s remarkable story of self-discovery.
Canada Book Award Winner, IPPY Awards Silver Medal, Canada-East Best Regional Non-Fiction Category, Best Atlantic-Published Book Award Winner…
OF AN ALL-ITALIAN DRAMA”
A new release by Cristina Balestrini and founder of Rete L’Abuso and ECA Member Francesco Zinardi’s …”If Francesco Zanardi were a priest … perhaps many would have said that he is an extraordinary man, an extraordinary life. But Zanardi is not a priest, he is an ordinary citizen with a high school diploma who believed he had to fight a noble battle for the protection of minors…” CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION IN ENGLISH AND ITALIAN…
NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE:
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. NSVRC also works with the media to promote informed reporting. NSVRC is also one of the three founding organizations of RALIANCE, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation.
Sebastian Cuattromo, Argentina Survivor/Founder,
Adultxs por los derechos de la infancia
“As adult survivors of the crime of sexual abuse and as representatives of our collective association, we are happy to have met new colleagues who, like us, have the conviction to fight to end the sexual abuse of children in the world. It was a great pleasure…
Hopefully we can continue to work together for justice for survivors and for the protection of today’s children.” Sebatián Cuattromo and Silvia Piceda
Founding members of the Civil Association “Adults for Children´s Rights”
Zero Tolerance + Zero Cover Up = Truth and Justice
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ECA’s Social Media Ambassadors Program is an exciting and easy way FOR YOU to get involved with ECA and to encourage existing members who know and love the mission of ECA to spread the word about ECA globally.
ECA will utilize Social Media Ambassadors to direct strong social media campaigns and ECA messages to target specific regions and issues relating to the sexual abuse of children by clergy.
ECA has a number of campaigns in the pipeline and we need you to get involved. Together we will #EnditNOW!
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