In preparation for the November 2018 USCCB meeting, we are asking you to support an effort by The Women Who Stayed in Washington D.C. called "5 Theses."
We join them in calling for all Catholics to post the 5 theses on the door of your local cathedral calling bishops to accountability.
EVENTS FOR OCTOBER 6 & 7, 2018
Cleveland: October 6, 3:45pm ET, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
New York City
Events for November 13, 2018 during the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
EVENTS OCCURRING ON NOVEMBER 13, 2018
EVENTS OCCURRING IN FEBRUARY, 2019
EVENTS THAT OCCURRED ON
September 8, 9, 10
Baltimore, MD: Sunday, September 9 @ 10am, The Baltimore Basilica, 320 Cathedral Street.
Cleveland, OH: Postponed until October 6 at 3:45pm ET. Will meet in front of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Denver, CO: Sunday, September 9 @ 10am, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan St.
Louisville, KY: Monday, September 10 @ 11:30am, Cathedral of the Assumption
New York, NY: Sunday, September 9 @ 11am, St. Patrick's Cathedral
Philadelphia, PA: Saturday, September 8 @ 2:45 - 4:30pm, Sister Cities Park
Rochester, NY: Saturday, September 8 @ 11am, SSJ Motherhouse, 150 French Road.
Seattle, WA: Saturday, September 8, 12:00 noon - 2:00pm, James Cathedral; 9th Ave & :Marion St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Washington, D.C.: Sunday, September 9 @ 11am, Apostolic Nunciature, 3339 Mass Ave NW
To learn more and see information and pictures from local events go to:
Additional demonstrations will take place the weekend of October 6 and 7th in: Boston, MA; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Minneapolis, MN; and Richmond, VA.
PLATFORM FOR TIME'S UP: CATHOLICS DEMAND TRUTH
Survivor Justice and Civil Recourse
- Demanding civil investigation of clergy sexual abuse in every state.
- Eliminating age limits for victims of sexual abuse in children to file criminal complaints. Eliminating retroactive limits.
- Opening a civil window to allow victims who have been barred by the statute of limitations to file retroactive civil suits against predators.
- Eliminating nondisclosure agreements that bar victims from cooperating in criminal prosecutions.
- Tightening laws that require professionals to report abuse
Church Transparency and Accountability
- Demanding resignations of bishops, clergy and religious credibly accused of abuse or its cover up.
- Expanding the investigative authority of the lay National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People to include the investigation of bishops, and sex abuse of seminarians and vulnerable adults.
- Making available to US civil authorities all relevant documents held by the Vatican on sexual abuse by clergy and religious.
- Removing immediately all honors and memorials for bishops, clergy and religious who have been credibly accused of being involved in abuse and its cover up.
- Publishing compliance reports from each diocese with the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People on the USCCB website.
- Publishing the names of all credibly accused abusers on diocesan websites.
- Opening all USCCB meetings to press and public.
Patriarchy Dismantled in All Its Forms
- Including women fully and equally at every level of church ministry and governance.
- Ending homophobic language and hate speech.
- Ordaining married men, women, and people of all genders.
- Normalizing LGBTQ relationships and same sex marriage.
- Reforming seminary education to protect rights of seminarians and to incorporate modern theology.
- Establishing systems for evaluating the suitability of seminary candidates.
Clericalism Dismantled in All Its Forms
- Establishing survivor-led listening sessions in every diocese.
- Establishing systems for diocesan staff and clergy to speak up without retaliation.
- Recognizing small Christian communities.
- Establishing a process for participation of local laity in the selection/election of their bishops.
- Establishing lay representation of 2/3 in regular pastoral councils at diocesan or provincial levels.
- Establishing lay representation of 2/3 in all ecumenical councils for purposes of developing and setting Roman Catholic theology, policy, self-understanding and practice.
- Implementing Vatican II fully by developing lay leadership, authority, ministry, and governance.
“This platform includes points from the Grand Jury recommendations; the recent appeal to the US Bishops ‘For They Preach, but They Do Not Practice’; from SNAP’s statement; and from many other thoughtful writers, groups, and leaders throughout the Catholic Church Reform movement. We are grateful for their support, and we offer ours in return.”
CATHOLIC WOMEN SPEAK UP
#MeToo took off as a global witness to the sexual harassment and violence experienced by the people around us, from every walk of life. Strength in numbers brought powerful testimonies, rattling social media into a cultural reckoning moment: it’s time to talk about sexual violence.
Reporting on the hierarchy of Hollywood revealed a calculated and intentional system of protection for those who abuse. Built to silence victims and normalize harassment, the institutionalization of sexism and violence created a safe haven for abusers.
For Catholics this is a too familiar story: a powerful hierarchy that upholds a culture that normalizes gender inequality, and too often protects abusive men while discrediting and silencing victims.
Just as we know many victims walk away from their dreams because of painful encounters with mentors and colleagues, so too are women leaving the Church.
Structural gender inequality creates conditions for abuse, rejection and silencing. A culture of subordination is codified and upheld by manipulations of scripture, theories of complementarity, and exclusion from decision-making and leadership roles. The extremes of this inequality attempt to justify violence and sexual exploitation. When men decide the rights and roles of women, they deny a woman’s agency as moral and spiritual equals, made in God’s image.
#CatholicToo is a platform for women’s voices and stories of abuse in the Church to be heard and amplified. Join the movement to confront and discredit sacralized sexism. Here we as a Church community can bear witness to victims and survivors, eradiate shame, and celebrate courage and resilience. Let’s be a Church of healing, of truth-telling and of justice.
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