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 not be delivered to U.S. law enforcement or made available to the public but rather only to the Vatican embassy, a foreign government, under which the U.S. has no jurisdiction.

Representatives of ECA will be available outside the Waterfront Marriott Hotel at 5:30pm to respond to the events of this week and closing of the General Assembly.

Peter Isely
US Spokesperson, Ending Clergy Abuse

Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) is a worldwide organization of survivors and human rights activists whose mission it is to compel the Roman Catholic Church to end clergy abuse, especially child sexual abuse, in order to protect children and to seek justice for victims. ECA demands the end of the Church’s structural mechanism that allows abuse. ECA assembly members represent over 18 countries and 4 continents. –