FourFourThree article Two women’s rights activists say they were harassed by the Vatican’s Catholic clergy, after being asked to attend a meeting on sexual harassment at the Vatican in June.
In a letter to Pope Francis on Tuesday, the activists said they were “deeply disturbed by your response to a sexual harassment prevention initiative that the bishops decided to organize at your own discretion” and that they were told the meeting would be held “in your residence.”
They said the event was organized by Bishop Salvatore Gagnon, who was a member of the Vatican Council of Cardinals at the time of the sexual harassment scandal in the early 1980s.
“In your decision to organize such a meeting, you chose the location of your residence,” the letter read.
“Your decision to invite Bishop Gagnons private and confidential meetings to be held in your residence was in direct violation of your duty to the Holy Father.”
In response to the letter, the Vatican said the bishops were “shocked” and would look into the issue.