Canadian Clergy Abuse Survivors Demand Full Disclosure from Bishops

Cornwall, Ontario: Following a Papal Summit on clergy sexual abuse in Rome, a group of Canadian clergy abuse survivors will be in Cornwall, Ontario to lobby the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops while they gather for their Plenary Assembly on September 23-26. The survivors meet with a representative group of bishops on September 22 and have events planned throughout the week.

“Bishops in the United States have started the process of releasing names of credibly accused priests,” stated Leona Huggins, a clergy abuse survivor from British Columbia. “We want bishops in Canada to do the same.”

In 2018, the CCCB released a document entitled “Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Guide to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation.

“We want to ensure that these guidelines have been implemented in every single diocese across the country,” added Gemma Hickey, founder of Pathways, an organization that offers support to clergy abuse survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Last May, Pope Francis issued a decree entitled “Vos Estis Lux Mundi”, which establishes new procedural rules to combat sexual abuse following the papal summit on clergy abuse in Rome. Huggins and Hickey joined other clergy abuse survivors from all over the world in Rome while the summit was taking place. The decree makes Bishops and Religious Superiors directly responsible for their actions and omissions, including efforts taken to conceal sexual abuse. It calls upon Bishops to investigate and report abuse.

The group is demanding #ActionNow. 

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For More Information:

Leona Huggins

604.240.3741

leonahugg@gmail.com

 

Gemma Hickey

709.690.5244

gemmamhickey@gmail.com

 


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