In Advance of McCarrick Report, Survivors of Clergy Abuse Release Open Letter to President-Elect Biden
As the nation’s second Catholic President, survivors urge Biden to address McCarrick Report and U.S. Bishops at meeting next week
Prior to the long-awaited release of the report detailing the sex crimes of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, survivors of clergy abuse have written to President-elect Biden, urging him to act swiftly and decisively to implement measures to secure transparency from the Vatican and accountability to the victims of clergy sexual abuse.
These measures include involving survivor-led organizations in the selection of the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See as well as a commitment to forming a task force to investigate clergy sex crimes and their institutional cover-ups. Furthermore, survivors are urging President-elect Biden to address the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops when they meet next week, address the McCarrick report and demand they release the still-concealed names of known clergy offenders and the files documenting the abuse.
It has been revealed that the Catholic Church has received at least $1.4 billion (perhaps up to $3.5 billion) in taxpayer-funded relief in the coronavirus stimulus package earlier this year. Millions have been distributed to dioceses that paid large settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of their involvement in clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups. At the very least, U.S. bishops owe taxpayers answers as to how these funds were used.
The incoming Biden administration has the opportunity to fundamentally transform the relationship between the U.S. government and the Vatican, ensuring that justice for thousands of survivors of clergy sex crimes is no longer delayed and that the institutional failure to protect children in their care cannot be repeated in the future.
A copy of the letter to President-Elect Biden can be found here.
ECA, Ending Clergy Abuse
Peter Isely, ECA Founding Member
Tim Law, ECA Founding/Board Member
Dr. Denise Buchanan, ECA Founding/Board Member
Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) is a worldwide leadership network of survivors of clergy abuse and human rights activists. Its mission is to compel the Roman Catholic Church to end clergy abuse, protect children, and seek justice for victims. ECA assembly members represent over 21 countries from 6 continents. https://www.ecaglobal.org – @ENDCLERGYABUSE –https://www.facebook.com/ENDCLERGYABUSE/ – firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Hiner, Executive Director
Tim Lennon, Board President
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)