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La cumbre del Vaticano sobre los abusos a menores. Programa. Previsiones

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, members of the organizing committee for the Feb. 21-24 Vatican meeting on the protection of minors in the church, attend a press conference to preview the meeting at the Vatican Feb. 18, 2019. Also pictured is Alessandro Gisotti, interim Vatican spokesman. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 

In a significant development to ensure as much transparency as possible at the first-ever summit on the protection of minors in the church (Feb. 21-24), the Vatican will live-stream all the keynote speeches and the interventions of Pope Francis, as well as the penitential service and the closing Mass. All this can be followed in the United States, Canada and other countries worldwide.

Furthermore, the Vatican has also opened a special website that is accessible to the public. It provides substantial information not only on the conference, but also on the church’s struggle to deal with the abuse of minors by members of the clergy since the mid-1980s. The website also provides a special press kit for journalists. The Vatican has also released the full list of participants at the summit.

All this news, and much more, was provided at a press conference in the Vatican on Feb. 18, the likes of which has not been seen since the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis. The conference was chaired by Alessandro Gisotti, the interim press officer, who said the summit was called to address the abuse of minors by clergy and paid special tribute to the victims for their courage.

Cardinal Blase Cupich, one of the three members of the preparatory committee for the summit established by Pope Francis, also praised “the courage of the victims” that has given rise to this summit, and said “it is very important for all of us to bear in our hearts the suffering of the victims, which they will bear for their lives.” He recalled that Pope Francis had asked the summit to focus on minors “because they are the ones without defense” and “to give a voice to the voiceless.” He acknowledged that there are other challenges too that would not be the focus of this summit, alluding to the abuse of vulnerable adults and of women religious and other women by clergy, but said that the work of the summit on responsibility, accountability and transparency would also contribute to addressing those issues. He recalled that Pope Francis had asked participants to meet with victims-survivors of abuse before the summit, and said the website will provide some interviews with bishops who share their experience of this.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the Vatican’s most authoritative figure in combating abuse, recalled that, on the return flight from Panama, Pope Francis said this summit aimed to foster awareness throughout the church on the issue of abuse and “our responsibility” as shepherds, to enable bishops to know what needs to be done when faced with abuse and to pray. He told the press that the summit will focus on the “responsibility” of bishops and heads of religious orders, on “accountability” and on “transparency,” and said “all three are important aspects of good government, good stewardship, and essential to making the church the safe place it should be for minors.”

The Maltese archbishop went out of his way to “thank” the media not only for their interest in the summit, but also for their investigative work in bringing this topic to the light of day, and for having “helped the church come to an awareness of all this.”

Pope Francis said this summit aimed to foster awareness throughout the church on the issue of abuse and “our responsibility” as shepherds.

The next speaker, Federico Lombardi S.J., the former director of the Holy See Press Office whom Pope Francis asked to serve as the summit’s moderator, told the press there will be some 190 participants at the four-day event, including the presidents of 114 bishops’ conferences, the heads of the Eastern rite Catholic Churches and of the main Roman Curia offices, 12 superiors of men’s religious orders and 10 superiors of women’s religious orders, and two lay women, as well as men and women survivors (whose names were not disclosed). Valentina Alazraki, a Mexican journalist, will also be one of the speakers at the conference.

Pope Francis will give a brief introduction on the first day, will be present throughout the summit and will give a concluding talk after Mass on Sunday morning, Feb. 24. Father Lombardi said the penitential service and Mass will be held in the Apostolic Palace, next to the Sistine Chapel.

The next speaker was Hans Zollner, a German Jesuit who has played a crucial role as coordinator of the preparatory committee established by Pope Francis. He recalled that a questionnaire was sent to the presidents of the bishops conferences (the text is on the website) and 89 percent had already responded; the responses are now being analyzed and will be made public in due course.

“We have to break away from the code of silence; we must break away from any complicity to deny; only the truth will make us free.”

The last speaker was Bernadette Reis, F.S.P., the assistant to the interim director of the press office. She explained the contents of the press kit that she helped to develop to facilitate the work of journalists. It contains essential historical and current information on this whole subject of the church’s response to the abuse crisis.

After the presentation of the summit, the panel spent 55 minutes answering questions from journalists on a wide range of issues. When asked if “the code of silence” that involves the covering up of abuse still exists, or has a place in the church today, Archbishop Scicluna said: “Silence is a ‘no go’ in the church today….We have to break away from the code of silence; we must break away from any complicity to deny; only the truth will make us free.”

Questioned about the effectiveness of the Catholic Church’s efforts to combat and prevent abuse by members of the clergy, Cardinal Cupich said that these efforts are in fact working in the U.S. church, adding that these efforts do not always make headlines because of the wave of historical cases that make the news. He said this is clearly shown by the fact that there have been only five cases of abuse by clergy reported over each of the past five years, with the exception of 2017, when there were six cases (four of those six were committed by one priest.) And while even one case is one too many, this shows that the safeguarding efforts are working.

While some commentators predicted that the short time for the preparation of the conference would militate against its good organization, today’s press conference suggests otherwise. Judging by what was said and presented today, the summit appears to be well planned and organized, including planning for the media.


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Qué se puede esperar de la cumbre del Vaticano sobre abusos de menores


Cunctando regitur mundus: “By delay is the world ruled.” This ancient Latin aphorism has long been a guiding principle of the practice of romanita, the art of getting things done in the Eternal City. In a church that tends to measure time in centuries, patience to wait for the right moment to act is indeed important.

The U.S. Catholic bishops and their flock got a taste of how romanita works before and during the U.S.C.C.B. meeting in November in Baltimore, when Pope Francis asked them to table a vote on new sex abuse reforms until after the worldwide meeting of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of the Catholic Church in Rome planned from Feb. 21 to 24. Pope Francis and his advisers, it seemed, did not want the U.S. bishops to act unilaterally or rashly on an issue with worldwide implications.

Now that the Vatican meeting is finally upon us, hopes are high (perhaps too high) that the summit will bring about significant and lasting change in the church’s approach to the plague of sex abuse and its cover-up. We pray for those gathered in Rome and urge them to remember that this is no longer a time for waiting. The church needs strong and unequivocal guidelines for the prevention of abuse and justice for the abused, a public declaration that the rights of victims have priority and legislative action to ensure that no one in the church, even bishops and cardinals, is above the law.

Sometimes by transparency and decisive action is the world ruled.

[Explore America’s in-depth coverage of Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church.]

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El caso McCarrick. Informe.

  Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick attends a reception for new cardinals in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 20, 2010. Among the new cardinals was Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, successor to Cardinal McCarrick as archbishop of Washington. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has recognized the dismissal from the clerical state, also known as laicization, of Theodore McCarrick, 88, the former cardinal and emeritus archbishop of Washington. This was imposed on him by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at its plenary meeting on Feb. 13.

The sentence is definitive and cannot be appealed. The Vatican announced this today, in a statement from the C.D.F. that explained that a judgment was first given on Jan. 11 by the “congresso” or executive body of the C.D.F. It issued a decree finding McCarrick “guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power” and “imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state.” The Vatican said this decree was then communicated to the former cardinal and he appealed against that verdict and his recourse was then heard by the C.D.F. congregation in plenary session on Feb. 13. The congregation is composed of more than 20 cardinals, archbishops and bishops, and its verdict is final.

Pope Francis recognized “the definitive nature of this decision,” which was communicated to McCarrick on Feb. 15.

McCarrick is the first former cardinal to have been lacicized for the sexual abuse of minors.

The C.D.F. is the supreme tribunal in matters relating to the abuse of minors by clerics. It reached its verdict after carrying out its own investigation following a first investigation conducted by the archdiocese of New York early last year, which concluded that the allegation that McCarrick had abused a minor while serving as a priest in the archdiocese in the 1970s “was credible.” The subsequent investigation conducted by the C.D.F. obtained evidence of other cases of abuse. A source told America that because the evidence was so overwhelmingly great against McCarrick, the C.D.F. opted for the speedier, administrative process. This led to a judgment at the executive level of the C.D.F. in mid-January, after which McCarrick was given the possibility for appeal. The definitive verdict came at the plenary session of the congregation on Feb. 13, and there is no possibility of an appeal against this judgment, not even by the pope.

While this sentence was widely expected given that he was accused of the abuse of at least one minor, another possibility McCarrick could have been sentenced to was a life of prayer and penance as happened in the case of Marcial Maciel, the Mexican-born founder of the Legionaries of Christ. The dismissal of McCarrick from the clerical state will stand as a landmark decision that demonstrates the determination of Pope Francis that any priest or prelate, of whatever rank or status in the church, who abuses minors will be dismissed from the clerical state.

McCarrick is the first former cardinal to have been laicized for the sexual abuse of minors. Indeed, it seems that one would have to go back centuries in church history, perhaps to the time of the Council of Trent, to find a similar case whereby a man who was once a cardinal was dismissed from the clerical state.

The decision brings to an end the pastoral ministry and career of a man who was once the most influential and respected Catholic prelate in the United States.

The decision brings to an end the pastoral ministry and career of a man who was once the most influential and respected Catholic prelate in the United States. His fall from grace, which dealt a terrible blow to the U.S. church and came after decades of rumors about his misconduct with seminarians, began with the formal allegation of abusing a minor that led to an investigation, approved by Pope Francis. The investigation was conducted by the review board of the Archdiocese of New York and it determined that the allegation that he had sexually abused a 16-year-old altar boy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the early 1970s while serving as a priest in New York “was credible and substantiated.”

Pope Francis first suspended him from the ministry on June 20, and that same day Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark disclosed that there had been accusations against McCarrick while he served in New Jersey, of sexual misconduct with three adults. Two of these had resulted in confidential financial settlements with the victims who were subjected to the abuse when they were adult seminarians. New allegations of abuse have emerged since then, including one by a New Jersey man whose father was the cardinal’s best friend since high school, who charged that McCarrick abused him for years from the age of 13.

Then on July 28, 2018, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had suspended McCarrick “from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.” At the same time, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the College of Cardinals.

There appears to be no precedent, and certainly none in modern times, for the renunciation of his title by a cardinal because of his involvement in sexual abuse. Informed sources believe the former archbishop of Washington was previously asked to hand in his resignation as a cardinal when allegations were first revealed publicly. McCarrick protested his innocence then, claiming that he had “absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse,” but said that “in obedience I accept the decision of The Holy See, that I no longer exercise any public ministry.” Subsequently, he left Washington D.C. and took up residence at a friary in Kansas, where he received notice today of his dismissal from the clerical state.

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Las 4 preferencias de los jesuitas para los próximos años.

Las 4 “preferencias” de los jesuitas para los próximos 10 años

Este martes 19 de febrero al mediodía, el P. Arturo Sosa, Superior General de la Compañía de Jesús, anunciará a todos sus compañeros y a todos aquellos que tienen en su corazón la misión de la Compañía, el fruto de dos años de discernimiento en común para determinar las “Preferencias apostólicas universales”. Los cuatro acentos apostólicos para la misión deberán marcar el “modo de proceder” y los compromisos de los jesuitas y sus asociados para los próximos 10 años.

Estos son:

Ayudar a la gente a encontrar a Jesucristo y seguirlo

Caminar al lado de los pobres, de los vulnerables, de los excluidos y de aquellos a quienes la sociedad considera inútiles, en una misión de reconciliación y justicia

Acompañar a los jóvenes en la creación de un futuro esperanzador

Trabajar, con profundidad evangélica, por la protección y renovación de la creación de Dios

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Egipto: represión contra los activistas de derechos humanos.


Amal Fathy es una defensora egipcia de derechos humanos que ha sido condenada en firme a dos años de prisión por hablar del acoso sexual en Facebook.

Actualización: 14 de febrero de 2019

¡BuenasNoticias! ¡Amal Fathy ya no está en arresto domiciliario! Aunque tiene que presentarse ante la policía durante cuatro horas dos veces a la semana y pende sobre ella una sentencia a dos años de prisión que la puede llevar a la cárcel en cualquier momento. Queremos su libertad completa. Firma esta ciberacción.

Amal Fathy es una defensora egipcia de derechos humanos, de 33 años, al igual que su marido, Mohamed Lofti.

El 9 de mayo, Amal publicó un vídeo en su página de Facebook, en el que hablaba sobre lo frecuente que es el acoso sexual en Egipto y criticaba su falta de protección por parte de las autoridades. La activista también criticaba al gobierno por el deterioro de los derechos humanos, las condiciones socioeconómicas y los servicios públicos.

Amnistía Internacional ha examinado el vídeo y no ha encontrado en sus 12 minutos de duración declaraciones que no estén amparadas por el derecho a la libertad de expresión.

Al día siguiente, medios de comunicación progubernamentales la acusaron de insultar a Egipto y a sus instituciones desatando una oleada de hostigamiento y amenazas contra la activista en las redes sociales a consecuencia del vídeo, con insultos  sexistas y peticiones de encarcelamiento.

La sentencia contra Amal es una afrenta contra la justicia. Solo la presión internacional puede hacer que Amal quede libre sin condiciones, por lo que la movilización urgente para presionar a las autoridades egipcias es clave.

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La juventud de cara a la agenda del 2.030. Perspectivas


Take action for a more equal world!

From UN DESA’s World Economic Situation and Prospects report to the World Economic Forum in Davos, growing inequalities have been the focus of numerous high-level events and discussions. But as renowned economists and Heads of States battle it out on debate podiums, is there anything that you can do to reduce the inequalities between people?International fora are attaching increasing attention to inequality, as governments and leaders increasingly realize that inequality is a significant barrier to eradicating poverty, maintaining global economic growth and achieving sustainable development for all. That is why reducing inequalities is a central concept in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, expressed in Sustainable Development Goal 10, but also in the principle of leaving no one behind.

This February, UN Member states and agencies, civil society organization, private sector representatives and experts from all over the world will gather in New York for the UN Commission for Social Development. The Commission will discuss ways of addressing inequalities and improving social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.

The Commission will examine social protection policies that have proved to be effective at the national level, in a coherent and integrated way.

You too can get involved and have your say to ensure that vulnerable groups are protected and not left behind. On 15 February 2019, the Commission will hold a Civil Society Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York. Non-governmental organizations have long been a powerful voice in the debate on inequalities and this will be their chance to advocate for social protection for all. See how your organization can participate here: https://ngosocdev.org/

Stand up for inclusion! Join the Civil Society Forum, follow the Commission through the live webcast (webtv.un.org) and join the discussion on social media, using #CSocD57

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Yemen: por fin un posible arreglo entre las partes en conflicto

En Yemen se abre la oportunidad de pasar de la lógica de la guerra a la de la paz

ONU / Loey Felipe
El enviado especial para Yemen, Martin Griffiths, informa al Consejo de Seguridad desde Amman, Jordania

19 Febrero 2019

El compromiso alcanzado este lunes entre el Gobierno de Yemen y los rebeldes hutíes representa una señal de la voluntad de ambas partes de mantener el impulso que supuso el alto al fuego acordado en diciembre de 2018 en la ciudad sueca de Estocolmo, afirmó este martes Martin Griffiths.

El enviado especial del Secretario General para el país celebró este martes ante el Consejo de Seguridad que el entendimiento logrado sirva para alcanzar la primera fase del plan que contempla la retirada de las dos fuerzas de la ciudad portuaria de Hodeida.

“Demuestra que las partes pueden cumplir sus compromisos de convertir las palabras en progresos tangibles sobre el terreno. Refuerza la confianza entre ellas. Demuestra voluntad política. Con el comienzo de la aplicación del Acuerdo de Hodeidah tenemos ahora la oportunidad de pasar de la lógica de la guerra a la lógica de la paz.”

Tras la consecución del compromiso, Griffiths se mostró agradecido por el firme liderazgo que ha ejercido el teniente general Micheal Lollesgaard para lograrlo y manifestó que no se habría conseguido sin su paciencia y perseverancia.

Del mismo modo, señaló su satisfacción por el incremento de los esfuerzos para llegar a un entendimiento sobre el intercambio de prisioneros, entre los que incluyó a las personas desaparecidas, las detenidas arbitrariamente, las desaparecidas forzosamente y las que están en arresto domiciliario.

Un primer paso para mejorar la vida de la gente.

Con relación a la situación en la provincia de Taiz, contemplada en el tercer punto del Acuerdo de Estocolmo, destacó que durante la próxima reunión con los representantes del Comité Conjunto de Coordinación sobre esa provincia busca concretar “un primer paso para mejorar la vida de la gente”.

“Taiz es un lugar altamente simbólico para los yemeníes, y ha sido testigo de algunos de los peores momentos del conflicto. Pero ahora debemos ver algún progreso tangible”.

Finalmente, subrayó la necesidad de alcanzar una solución política a este conflicto y “empezar a hablar del futuro” de Yemen. Griffiths propuso como “un gran paso adelante” iniciar un debate sobre medidas políticas y de seguridad.

OCHA/Ammar Al-Hajj

La ayuda humanitaria, peor que en 2018

Por su parte, el Secretario General Adjunto de Asuntos Humanitarios, Mark Lowcock, describió la cruda situación a la que se enfrentan los habitantes en el país árabe y advirtió que las cifras son peores que las del año pasado.

“Alrededor del 80% de la población, unos 24 millones de personas, necesitan asistencia y protección humanitaria. Unos 20 millones necesitan ayuda para conseguir alimentos, incluidos casi 10 millones que están a un paso de la hambruna”, indicó Lowcock.

A estos demoledores datos hay que añadir que unas 240.000 personas se enfrentan a alarmantes niveles de hambre. Casi 20 millones de personas carecen de acceso a una atención sanitaria adecuada y unos 18 millones no tienen suficiente agua limpia ni acceso a un saneamiento adecuado.

Lowcock indicó que las tres principales causantes de este deterioro son el conflicto, el incumplimiento del derecho internacional humanitario y el colapso económico que se produjo a mediados del año pasado.

Pese a constatar una disminución de la violencia en Hodeida tras el Acuerdo de Estocolmo, señaló que se ha incrementado en las primeras líneas del frente, especialmente en Hajjah, y el que el rial yemení, la moneda oficial del país, continúa depreciándose.

Por si esta situación no fuera suficiente, alertó que las agencias humanitarias están quedándose sin dinero. “Esperamos que los recursos actuales se agoten a finales de marzo, es decir, dentro de sólo seis semanas”, puntualizó.

Igualmente destacó que, aparte de la financiación, “la mayor operación humanitaria del mundo” se enfrenta a diversos obstáculos como retrasos en los visados, restricciones a la circulación, demoras de las importaciones e impedimentos burocráticos.

El coordinador humanitario resaltó que estos “abrumadores” desafíos operativos pueden llegar a solucionarse, pero que no se puede decir los mismo de los financieros.

Por esa razón instó a los Estados miembros, al igual que lo hizo anteriormente Griffiths, a participar en la reunión de alto nivel sobre promesas de contribuciones que ha convocado el Secretario General de la ONU el próximo 26 de febrero en Ginebra.

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