Catholics are gathering across the United States on September 8 & 9, 2018 to protest the widespread clergy sex abuse and cover up by clerics in the Catholic Church and to demand truth. We invite you to download an organizing kit and join your voice with thousands of other Catholics as we demand truth and transparency from Catholic bishops.
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.”