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Vos Estis Lux Mundi was a 2019, temporary amendment to and expansion of the Canon Law of the Catholic Church that, among other things, included a...
The problem with VOS ESTIS is that, while it was widely touted as transformative, it expired in 2022 and wasn't renewed.
Then there's that fact that VOS ESTIS, at least Article 5, wasn't ENFORCED by Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.
VOS ESTIS was a SHAM.
A cruel taunt, directed at survivors.
Vos Estis: The Reality
On May 9, 2019 Pope Francis published, and on June 1, 2019 put into effect Vos Estis Lux Mundi which, among other things, contains a survivors bill of rights.
Art. 5 – Care for persons
§1. The ecclesiastical Authorities shall commit themselves to ensuring that those who state that they have been harmed, together with their families, are to be treated with dignity and respect, and, in particular, are to be:
a) welcomed, listened to and supported, including through provision of specific services;
b) offered spiritual assistance;
c) offered medical assistance, including therapeutic and psychological assistance, as required by the specific case.
§2. The good name and the privacy of the persons involved, as well as the confidentiality of their personal data, shall be protected.
The problem is Vos Estis has had NO effect on the lives of survivors.
Well, no POSITIVE effect.
For example, I have yet to be offered "medical assistance, including therapeutic and psychological assistance" by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
And Vos Estis hasn't ended the...
All because Pope Francis has yet to enforce Vos Estis, in my case, at least.
My Experience with VOS ESTIS
Since a few weeks after Vos Estis went into effect, I've been trying to alert Pope Francis and the Vatican to problems in the Archdiocese of St. Louis — their refusal to honor the promises made to survivors in Vos Estis — via what has become a series of e-mails.
In that time, I've NEVER received a single reply.
It's since become clear to me that Vos Estis was just another P.R. exercise designed to give the impression that the Catholic Church cares about survivors and placate the faithful.
It's yet another papal initiative with no substance — and no CHRIST — behind it.
It does nothing for survivors.
It only taunts us.
Creating yet another false hope.
Misdeeds By ArchStL
What am I trying to make Pope Francis and the Vatican aware of?
In my piece discussing the Abuse of the Abused, I give an overview of the misdeeds of Archbishop Robert Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
While my hope was that the June 1, 2019 enaction of VOS ESTIS would improve things, things are no better.
And, in a few cases, things are worse.
The Vatican Knows
The problem isn't that the Pope doesn't know about my problems. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston has assured me that he has personally made the Pope's office, at least, aware of the problems I'm having.
Rather, the problem is that the Vatican, and presumably the Pope, simply don't care about survivors.
Failure to Assist Survivors
While Archdiocese of St. Louis does have a person they call an Assistance Coordinator, as I learned in March 2019, their duties are EXTREMELY limited...
ArchStL: What is your understanding of what an Assistance Coordinator does?
That hasn't changed as October 4, 2020.
The preferred tactic of the Archdiocese of St. Louis when deal with survivors is to ignore survivors' pleas for help, I assume in the hope we will just go away. This Stonewalling began before the June 1, 2019 effective date of Vos estis and continued after it. And I have the e-mails to prove it.
Smear Campaign as de facto Confidentiality Agreement
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been waging a Smear Campaign against me for the past year and a half.
…when asked to comment on O’Leary’s account, “The archdiocese’s record of Mr. O’Leary’s allegations are significantly different...Jones also said the information O’Leary shared initially changed multiple times...
I informed Archbishop Robert Carlson that this was a lie on March 26, 2019 but, as of June 1, 2019, he had yet to clarify, much less retract, the above statement.
False Allegations of