The Vatican July 15 issued a clarification of its canonical norms for how dioceses should handle clergy sex abuse cases. As part of the announced canon norm chages, Vatican officials added that the "attempted ordination of a woman" has now been added to the list of "delicta graviora," or most serious crimes in church law, alongside the sexual abuse of minors.
Today, 27 international Catholic organizations issued the following joint statement in response:
We are gravely disappointed that the Vatican would largely repackage its sexual abuse policy norms from 2001 in yesterday's re-issued statement without adding many meaningful changes to canonical procedures on how to handle the sexual crimes of its religious leaders. We stand with survivors in calling for the release of the names of all credibly accused Catholic religious leaders and for the Vatican's immediate adoption and implementation of global child protection policies. Nothing less is adequate to the crying needs of a community torn asunder by its own leaders' crimes.
Catholic Organization Signatories
Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC), USA
Patrick B. Edgar, D.P.A., M.Div., President
BASIC (Brothers And Sisters In Christ), Ireland.
Contact: Una Ruddock
+353 1 621 6816
Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director,
Call To Action, USA
Jim FitzGerald, Executive Director
Catholics for Choice-Canada
Rosemary Ganley, Coordinator
Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, USA
Paula Ruddy, Bernie Rodel, Michael Bayly, Co-chairs
Catholic Network for Women's Equality, Canada
Paula MacQuarrie, Coordinator
Contact: William Manseau
Corriente Somos Iglesia, Spain
Raquel Mallavibarrena, Coordinator
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Mexico
Maria Consuelo Mejia, Director
+5255 5658 1163
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Spain
Mar Grandal, President
8th Day Center for Justice - Women's Group, USA
Femmes et Hommes en Eglise/Genre en Christianisme, France
Danielle Penuel-Monneron, President
(0)2 33 90 78 10
Institute for Feminism and Religion, Ireland.
Mary Condren, Th.D., Director
Interreligious Convention of European Women Theologians
Lee Wax, Coordinator
0044-208 884 0476
Kerk Hardop, Netherlands
Marleen Wijdeveld, President
Isaac Wüst, Editor-in-Chief
National Coalition of American Nuns, USA
Contact: Donna Quinn
Noi Siamo Chiesa (Italian Section of IMWAC), Italy
Contact: Vittorio Bellavite
Nous sommes Aussi l'Eglise, France
Lucienne Gouguenhem, Vice-President
33 1 45 88 04 92
Pax Christi Maine, USA
Bill Slavick, Coordinator
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Conatct: Gloria Ulterino
Roman Catholic Faith Community Council of the Federation of Christian Ministries
William J. Manseau, Evelyn Hunt, and Thomas Quinn, Co-Chairs
Roman Catholic Women Priests, Europe-West.
I. Riedl, Coordinator
0049-089 845 830
Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA, Inc
Contact: Alice Iaquinta
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), USA
Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu, Co-directors
Women's Ordination Conference, USA
Erin Saiz Hanna, Executive Director
Therese Koturbash, Coordinator
+44 (0)1923 779 446
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