- Mar 1, 2021
For the first time in its history, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission promised to defend victims of clerical sexual abuse, with cases being reported in at least 19 countries in Latin America.
This week clerical abuse survivors from around the world have flocked to Rome to mark the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s global summit on child protection, which took place at the Vatican in February of last year.
Members of a global anti-clerical abuse network met with the Argentine Ambassador to the Holy See, Rogelio Francisco Emilio Pfirter, on Monday to promote initiatives in support of “zero tolerance” in Pope Francis’s native land.
As part of Pope Francis’s high-stakes summit on clerical sexual abuse happening at the Vatican, in Thursday’s opening session he released a list of 21 reflection points that did not necessarily sit well with survivors who say they fall short of the Catholic Church’s pledge of zero tolerance.
Saturday’s announcement that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked leaves open serious questions about accountability for the cover-up.