According to Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), any plan by the Pope must include these 3 actions:
1. Enact global zero tolerance for any abusive cleric and superior’s complicity. Even one substantiated act of child sexual abuse or cover-up, no matter when it occurred, will result in their permanent removal from ministry or office.
2. Create a global public registry of all clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse. This would begin with the immediate publication of the 3,400 clergy found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). This will protect our children and communities.
3. Declare the obligation to report child sexual abuse allegations current and past to civil authorities. Not reporting it should mean immediate excommunication.
These three measures are crucial if the Pope is going to “spare no effort” to “create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening” and “to prevent the possibility of these being covered up and perpetuated.”