EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseRussianSpanishUkrainian

Abuse Summit leaves many at risk

Press Release – 27 February 2019

[ Swedish ]

The Abuse Summit (21-24 Feb 2019) was a disappointment and a missed opportunity.

For over 3 decades clerical child sex abuse scandals have been prominent in several countries (Austria, Germany, USA, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Chile) who have introduced safeguarding measures. These measures have been refined through experience and audits. More recently clerical child sex abuse scandals have surfaced in many other countries (France, Spain, India, etc) and continue to be reported where previously such abuse was kept secret.

The Abuse Summit was therefore an opportunity to share the knowledge and expertise that has been built up so that children in Delhi or Dar es Salaam are as safe as children in Dallas or Dublin. But this did not happen. There was an absence of concrete actions to safeguard children:  

 

  • No universal safeguarding measures were adopted
  • No definition of “Zero Tolerance” which Pope Francis had spoken of
  • No definition of what constitutes sexual abuse of a minor
  • No process of accountability for bishops was agreed

There were some positive outcomes with the powerful survivors’ statements and the protests outside the meeting. The Summit highlighted for the assembled bishops and for the world the many failures and false denials by our Church authorities over the past 3 decades regarding the abuse scandal.

The hierarchy’s continuing failure to take any substantive action will lead to further erosion of affiliation with the Church and more undermining of its moral authority.

The clear message remains that any concerns about clerical child abuse should be reported to the civil authorities and not to the church authorities.

#######

We Are Church International (WAC-I) founded in Rome in 1996, is a global coalition of national church reform groups. It is committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church based on the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit developed from it.

Colm Holmes

Chair, We Are Church International

colmholmes2020@gmail.com

M  +353 86 606 3636

Marianne Duddy-Burke, USA

Media, We Are Church International

media@we-are-church.org

M   +1 617 669 7810

www.we-are-church.org

 

Share On:

Search Our Site

Explore Our Categories

Latest News

Speaking Out with One Unified Global Voice

"...Until we raise a common voice, we will not only not be heard, we will not even be listened to....   

My hope is that by speaking out together - a strong chorus of calls for reform - we can provide a common, a clear, a strong and ongoing voice for the yet incomplete vision of Vatican II.

In common cause, let us band together across the world. By our desire to be heard on particular issues - all of them important - let us not lose the strength of our common voice by reducing it to a whisper.

In light of this, we invite individuals and organizations to join together in making known our opinions for the good of our Church. By uniting our voices, it is not about abandoning the unique work of your organization but rather about how your work can enhance global reform."

Sr. Joan Chittister, CCRI Special advisor

"We have to join our forces in order to reach a real breakthrough in this window of opportunity." Hans Kung, CCRI Consultor


"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." [Ethiopian proverb]


"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." [Kenyan proverb]

"(The Christian faithful) have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful." (Canon 212 §3)

CCRI is also interested in helping support various causes in regions of the world by garnering the support of our entire global community for those who need support beyond their parish, organization, or locale. Send us (1) your name and affiliation, or (2) the name of your group with some description of your goals, membership, and numbers. Click here to see those organizations who have already joined together speaking out for reform of our Church.



Social Media

How to Contribute

© 2022 Catholic Church Reform Intl. All Rights Reserved Worldwide