Opinion: The Most Unpunished Crime on Earth
By Sebastián Cuattromo
July 8, 2014
[Translated into English by BishopAccountability.org. Click below to see original article in Spanish:
On occasion of Pope Francis's meeting with clergy sex abuse victims, I
think it's necessary to share the following appraisal.
First: It must be pointed out that the Pope's gesture is the result of
the decade's long struggle of those of us who were victims, operating
in conditions of total adversity, and without the support of the
institutions from whom we requested assistance. In my own case, this
[requested assistance] includes Bergoglio himself when he was
archbishop of Buenos Aires.
Second: Judging from the stance that the head of the Roman Catholic
Church now finds himself obligated to adopt, it once again becomes
clear that, as with so many other struggles, the unity, perseverance,
and activism of victims is essential to force leadership to change its
Third: It's necessary that the dioceses of Argentina, with their
tradition of hierarchy beneath the Vatican, respond fully to what
their highest superior is demanding of them.
Fourth and finally: I'd like to see that the Argentine government,
which guarantees the constitutional rights of children, recognize that
child sexual abuse is a scourge of the State, suffered by one in every
four girls and one in every six boys. It is, as judge Carlos Rozanski
said so well, "the most unpunished crime on the planet."