Wednesday 7 October 2015
The International Association of Free Thought (IAFT), founded in Oslo (Norway), the 11th of August 2011 and meeting for its Vth international Congress at Montevideo (Uruguay) the 19th and 20th of September 2015, solemnly and publicly addresses Mr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, more commonly known as Pope Francis.
Meeting in a country which still retains the vivid memory of the anniversary of its great liberating and republican action in which its partisans, and many others, opened a breach in the Pia gate in Rome in order to unify Italy, freethinkers of the entire world honour the name of Guiseppe Garibaldi, who steadfastly fought against clericalism and the misdeeds of the Catholic Church on several continents.
Informed by the French Freethought of that organization’s forceful action, demanding that the Catholic hierarchy open the archives of the Congrégation du Bon-Secours located in Paris (France), which is fully and completely responsible for the dramatic events which occurred at the convent of Tuam in Ireland, the Vth Congress of the IAFT demands from the Vatican full and complete transparency in order to that Human justice may prevail and shed light fully on these events.
Let us recall the facts:
The Vth Congress of the IAFT has decided to constitute an international delegation which asks to be received by the Vatican, by “Pope Francis” ou by one of his close collaborators, in order to discuss the issue of the Tuam convent and the archives of the Congrégation du Bon-Secours.
Signor Bishop of Rome,
Humanity requires that you explain. In the name of Humanity you must in addition act in order that Human Justice prevail. Restitution must be made for all victims of these heinous acts. As leader of international Catholicism, you must no longer remain silent about these tragic events.
The Church’s silence on this matter is further harming its reputation and the suffering of the dead children’s relatives. We hope you will want to mitigate this by discussing the circumstances, so we are asking for a delegation of the International Association of Freethought to be received at the Vatican by an officer of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors or by the new tribunal under the authority of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Montevideo, 20th September 201