ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEETS VICTIMS OF CLERICAL SEX ABUSE – ABUSE SURVIVOR SPEAKS OF MEETING WITH SUMMIT ORGANIZERS

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEETS VICTIMS OF CLERICAL SEX ABUSE

Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Holy See Press Office stated this afternoon that, “as was announced during the course of the press conference on February 18 in the Holy See Press Office, this morning the Organizing Committee for the Meeting on ‘The Protection of Minors in the Church’ met a group of representatives of victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

“There were 12 people, men and women, from different parts of the world who belong to various organizations. The meeting lasted a little bit more than two hours. The members of the Committee are very grateful to the victims who participated for their sincerity, the depth and the strength of their testimonies, which will certainly help them to always better understand the gravity and urgency of the difficulties that they will confront during the course of the meeting.”

ABUSE SURVIVOR SPEAKS OF MEETING WITH SUMMIT ORGANIZERS

February 19, 2019 CNA/EWTN News).- Juan Carlos Cruz, a clerical sex abuse whistleblower and a victim of Fr. Fernando Karadima, will meet with bishops and with fellow victims of clergy sexual abuse Wednesday, one day before the start of a Vatican summit on the topic.

“I am very proud that I am entrusted with such a task,” Cruz said, according to Chilean newspaper La Tercera.

The summit is a result of months of revelations of clerical sex abuse scandal in the United States and other countries. One of the most high-profile cases in the United States involved Theodore McCarrick, former cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington, who was publicly accused last year of sexually abusing at least two adolescent boys, and of engaging for decades in coercive sexual behavior toward priests and seminarians.
McCarrick was laicized by Pope Francis last weekend, just days before the summit.

Scicluna’s trip resulted in a 2,300-page report, the laicization of multiple priests and bishops, the en masse proffering of all Chilean bishops’ resignation, and a major “mea culpa” from Pope Francis, who had originally expressed doubts about the allegations against Chilean Bishop Juan Barros.

Pope Francis met privately last May with Cruz and fellow whistleblowers and abuse survivors James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo. The pope expressed his apologies and sorrow for having been “part of the problem” and resolved to do better on abuse.

Cruz told La Tercera that the meeting will be “very important for the Catholic world, for many people. This is a meeting where many people in the world should give their testimony, which is impossible because of the volume.”

Instead, Cruz said, there will be a group of 12 people to give voice to this issue and to impress its seriousness on the leaders of the Church.

“I sincerely hope that the Church will take it for what it is, something very serious…it deserves zero tolerance once and for all,” he added. “These people [the abusers] cannot hide in the institution anymore.”

Cruz also expressed doubts about Bishop Luis Fernando Ramos Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago and president of the Chilean bishops’ conference, who is representing Chile at the meeting.
Cruz told La Tercera that Bishop Ramos “has no empathy with the Chilean victims and I do not know what his contribution can be in this important meeting.”

There will be 190 participants in the Vatican summit, most of whom are presidents of national bishops’ conferences.

VIDEO TESTIMONIES FROM SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

VIDEO TESTIMONIES FROM SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Bishops around the world have met with survivors of sexual abuse in preparation for the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. Here are video testimonies about the impact that such meetings had on them. http://www.pbc2019.org/media/video-testimonies

LETTER TO HEADS OF BISHOPS CONFERENCES: WILL YOU ALSO BE SILENT?

The following Open Letter to the Presidents of Conferences of Bishops was written by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller and Raymond Burke, two of the four cardinals who signed a letter to Pope Francis in 2016 known as the “dubia” for the questions, the doubts or “dubia,” they had about “Amoris Laetitia.” The other two signers – Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra – have since died. Pope Francis to this day has never answered the 5 dubia.

This letter, submitted just before the opening day of the conference on the protection of minors, principally addresses what many have called “the elephant in the room,” that is, the question of homosexuality among the clergy. Homosexuality was not a part of preparatory documents about the conference that starts tomorrow in the Vatican’s synod hall, a conference intended to focus solely on the protection of minors.

A number of journalists at Monday’s press conference asked about the statistics that indicate that close to – or perhaps just above – 80 percent of clerical sexual abuse is homosexual, male with male.

The National Catholic Register’s Edward Pentin asked: “It was often said during the Synod on Youth that the abuse of seminarians and vulnerable adults would be addressed at this meeting, partly because of the McCarrick scandal. When this meeting was initially announced, it was to be about the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, but now it seems to be about the protection of minors only. Will this meeting include abuse of vulnerable adults and seminarians in particular?”

In a nutshell, Abp, Charles Scicluna of Malta, adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, replied that, “other types of misconduct will be addressed.”

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, addressing that question, said, “it is our intention at this meeting to focus on those who do not have a voice, that is to say and minors.”

It sounded at the end of the press conference as if homosexuality, which studies have shown to be the great majority of sex abuse cases, including an alleged high percentage of such behavior among Vatican clergy, would be put on a back burner during the conference to protect minors.

To watch the entire press conference – a great deal of which took place in English, except introductory remarks by interim press office director Alessandro Gisotti who speaks in Italian and most remarks by Fr. Lombardi who explains the day to day program of this week’s meeting – click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWQncShy578

LETTER TO HEADS OF BISHOPS CONFERENCES: WILL YOU ALSO BE SILENT?

Dear Brothers, Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops,

We turn to you with deep distress!

The Catholic world is adrift, and, with anguish, the question is asked: Where is the Church going?

Before the drift in process, it seems that the difficulty is reduced to that of the abuse of minors, a horrible crime, especially when it is perpetrated by a priest, which is, however, only part of a much greater crisis. The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church, promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence.

The roots of this phenomenon are clearly found in that atmosphere of materialism, of relativism and of hedonism, in which the existence of an absolute moral law, that is without exceptions, is openly called into question.

Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel. The even public denial, by words and by acts, of the divine and natural law, is at the root of the evil that corrupts certain circles in the Church.

In the face of this situation, Cardinals and Bishops are silent. Will you also be silent on the occasion of the meeting called in the Vatican for this coming February 21st?

Cardinal Burke

We are among those who in 2016 presented to the Holy Father certain questions, “dubia,” which were dividing the Church in the wake of the conclusions of the Synod on the Family. Today, those “dubia” have not only not had any response but are part of a more general crisis of the Faith.

Cardinal Brandmuller

Therefore, we encourage you to raise your voice to safeguard and proclaim the integrity of the doctrine of the Church.

We pray to the Holy Spirit, that He may assist the Church and bring light to the Pastors who guide her. A decisive act now is urgent and necessary. We trust in the Lord Who has promised: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Mt 28,20).
Walter Cardinal Brandmüller
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke