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Call for U.S. Bishop Robert Finn to resign
  • Petitioned CCCB Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

This petition was delivered to:

CCCB Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archbishop of Edmonton, President CCCB
The Most Reverend Richard Smith
Archbishop of Gatineau, Vice-President CCCB
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher

Call for U.S. Bishop Robert Finn to resign

    1. John  Swales
    2. Petition by

      John Swales

      Bluewater, Canada

As a survivor of child sexual abuse by Father Barry Glendinning of the Diocese of London, Ontario I urge the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to support the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn from the Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese.  

As a 10 year old alter server in London Ontario, Canada I was introduced to Fr. Glendinning. Glendinning sexually abused me, my siblings as well as a number of other children. The abuse lasted for a period of five years; the impact of Fr. Glendinning’s abuse has been life long. I have been plagued with addictions, and numerous other challenges, in no small part as result of the inaction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London. Fr. Glendinning was criminally charged and convicted, after which he was sent for treatment and received support from the Diocese. My family and the other survivors received no support and were virtually ignored until we successfully sued the Diocese of London in 1998. My family was forced to endure 7 years of litigation during which time I was sued by the Diocese of London. My family was traumatized and humiliated by this process. Survivors and their families must not be subject to these hardships. It is time for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to work collaboratively with American and International Bishops to address these issues, implement systemic change and place the burden on those who are responsible for the abuses.  johnswales2009@live.com

This week the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is having their annual meeting and will be discussing how they can support the victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. It would be a significant initiative on the CCCB’s part to join this international call demanding the resignation of Bishop Finn.  

In September of 2012, a judge found Bishop Robert Finn guilty on one misdemeanor charge after he failed to report a priest who had taken or possessed hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls. Even though Finn was found guilty in a court of law, he remains the Bishop of the Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops should protect children and call for Finn's resignation. Bishop Finn should immediately resign and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops should support his resignation. Feel free to contact me at johnswales2009@live.com

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Feel free to contact me if you wish

      John  Swales
      Petition Organizer

      I can be reached by email at johnswales2009@live.com

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      Children's rights are human rights!

    • Detlef Lender SHERBROOKE, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Finn and any and all of the others who have committed this type of crime should be jailed. Especially the clergy who hide under the cloak of their religion.

    • Margaret MacPherson LONDON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      The church needs to demonstrate commitment to righting its monumental wrongs. Firing Robert Finn should not be question. I understand the Pope also played a role in keeping pedophile priests in place. He should also be fired. Shame on everyone who has been complicit in keeping the silence.

    • Paul Haider CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Catholic Church deserves to lose its tax-exempt status for all of its crimes and deception!

    • Karen Mayers VICTORIA,BC, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe childrens innocence should not be taken away by anyone and especially people we put our trust in.


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