Catholics are gathering across the United States during the meeting of bishops in Rome 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
As concerned Catholics, we call for:
- Survivor Justice and Civil Recourse
- Civil investigations of clergy sexual abuse in every state.
- The immediate cessation of efforts to block the lengthening of statutes of limitations on sexual abuse of minors.
- Eliminating nondisclosure agreements that bar victims from cooperating in criminal prosecutions.
- Providing payment for counseling and financial compensation to anyone bringing forth any allegation(s) of sexual abuse by church staff that is deemed credible by an independent panel of expert reviewers.
- Developing a process of public reconciliation where victims and survivors of abuse can speak clearly and directly to church leaders.
- Tightening laws that require professionals to report abuse
- Establishing survivor-led listening sessions in every diocese.
- Establishing systems for diocesan staff and clergy to speak up without retaliation.
- Church Transparency and Accountability
- Open all files regarding sexual abuse at the Vatican, national bishops’ conference, and diocesan levels for review by experts.
- Remove and prosecute all bishops who knowingly reassigned sexually abusive priests from their leadership positions and take steps to ensure that those who are appointed have not engaged in criminal activity.
- Categorically reject any proposal that places a metropolitan bishop in in an oversight position and support Cardinal Blaise Cupich’s statement that the bishops must “cede all authority” to people outside of the hierarchical system creating panels of lay experts (or increasing the independence and authority of the National Lay Review Board) to review and respond to all complaints of sexual 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.
- Training all church staff to recognize signs of sexual abuse and to support victims.
- Patriarchy and Clericalism Dismantled in All Its Forms
- Including women fully and equally at every level of church ministry and governance.
- Ordaining married men, women, and people of all genders.
- Establishing systems for evaluating the suitability of seminary candidates.
- Reforming seminary education such that the culture of clerical privilege is vanquished and replaced with a culture of mutuality, respect, and the sharing of authority between laity and ordained.
- Establishing a process for participation of local laity in the selection/election of their bishops.
- Establishing robust lay representation on all pastoral councils and ecumenical councils where authority is equally shared by lay and ordained.
- Implementing Vatican II fully by developing lay leadership, authority, ministry, and governance.
“This platform includes points from the Pennsylvania 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.”