FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2013
Contact: Kath Cummins
Washington, DC-- As one billion Catholics around the world celebrate the election of Pope Francis, The National Center for Victims of Crime calls on him and the leadership of the global Catholic Church to seize this historic moment and create a new openness and honesty about child abuse within the clergy.
The Catholic Church cannot be a beacon of hope and justice in the world if it fails to examine its own sins, confess them unreservedly, and allow a process of reform and healing to begin.
The Church must open its archives and secret files around the world so that the full truth of its role in the cover up and shelter of child abusers can come out.
“Transparency is the only moral option,” said Executive Director Mai Fernandez. “Only the truth can set the Catholic Church free. Without a full confession, the Church cannot hope to continue its important work unclouded by the sins of its past.”
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.