Below you will find a letter from Rik Devillé, the Belgian whistleblower priest who has been fiercely defending victims of sexual violence by members of the clergy since 1998. Previously (1992) he had written a book called “The Last Dictatorship”, about the Pope and the Vatican, which resulted in him being called a “dissident”. He does not care about the Vatican. He cares about people. See NCR article by clicking here.
Since 1998 he, and the members of his survivors group called “Mensenrechten in de Kerk” (Human Rights in the Church) have helped, with a never ending courage and energy, hundreds and hundreds of Belgian survivors of sexual violence by clergy. The count today, is at 851. ( Belgium has about 10 million inhabitants).
Every year the group organizes a special event on the Saturday preceding Easter , called “Silent Saturday”. This year the event will take place on April 19. The event is to commemorate all survivors of sexual violence by a member of the clergy. The day is symbolical, because, of course, as we will never be silent about what happened. We must not be silent so that what happened is never forgotten.
This letter by Rik is an invitation for other survivor groups or individuals, and their families, to participate in this symbolical but significant action….Maggy Stelling
Letter from Rik Deville:
In order to never forget the suffering, the dying and seeking for recognition and resurrection, the victims and survivors of sexual and power abuse in the Catholic Church commemorate every year worldwide on Silent Saturday at 3 p.m. this abuse. They light a candle at home or wherever they are, not for themselves but for fellow-sufferers, local and worldwide.
Individuals or groups wishing to join this action put a burning candle in a symbolic place (or in their church next to the 13th station of the Way of the Cross on Silent Saturday) with the text “Esse est percipi (to be is being perceived), survivors of sexual abuse in the catholic church”.