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Petition to Bishop Richard J. Malone, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Most Rev. Christophe Pierre, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, His Holiness Pope Francis

Request the Resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone

We request the immediate resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone as Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, NY. Just as clergy must resign when found guilty of sexual crimes and sins perpetrated under the guise of holiness and authority so must this Bishop resign for being a silent accomplice in these crimes and sins committed by clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo. By this Bishop's inaction, deceit, and indifference he has placed the youth - the very future of the Diocese of Buffalo - in grave danger of becoming the next dehumanizing statistic in the Church's sexual abuse and misconduct crisis. Though local politicians and business leaders have called for his resignation, this Bishop remains stubbornly indignant and seemingly unaware of his complete loss of credibility among the Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo. His reputation has become irreparably tainted by his self-admitted involvement in aiding and abetting sexual predators. Until a more trust-worthy leader is chosen, the Diocese of Buffalo, and its surrounding community, will continue to suffer real spiritual, social, and financial damages. For these reasons, and to allow for the long process of recovery and rebuilding to begin, we request the immediate resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone as Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, NY.

The People of the Diocese of Buffalo, NY
12,669 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to People of America

Help Michael Boyd spread his message of sexual child abuse by catholic priests!

We’re reaching out to you in an effort to shine some light on yet another Catholic Church lawsuit regarding alleged sexual predator abuses. This sexual abuse occurred in Knoxville, TN, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  The first bishop of Knoxville, Anthony J. O’Connell, is named in the lawsuit as well as others. Michael Boyd has stepped forward and is the first person to name O’Connell as a sexual predator during O’Connell’s 10 years in East Tennessee.  Growing the profile of this story will help the others who were sexually abused and help Michael tell his story so this does not happen to anyone else.   This is the first lawsuit in the Knoxville area.  We’re looking to raise the profile of the story, get local media to pay more attention, and help additional survivors have the courage to come forward. Michael Boyd suffered from sexual, psychological and physical abuse starting at the age of 10 from negligence in the duties of the Catholic Church authority figures in the Knoxville Diocese. Numerous figures were involved, including Bishop Anthony O’Connell, who later transferred to Palm Beach Diocese and resigned in disgrace after admitting that he abused boys at a high school seminary in Missouri before coming to Knoxville. How many people were abused by The Church who haven't come forward? The Catholic Church has had a long history of covering up sexual abuse by clergy members. The Knoxville Diocese is now accused of conspiracy to cover up abuses that occurred right here in Knoxville.  Indeed, Bishop Anthony O'Connell left Knoxville for the land of underage sex trafficking inhabited by Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach, Florida. Did their paths of child predatory sexual abuse cross? We don't know, but their timelines do. Survivors of clergy abuse often find it hard to come forward. Michael Boyd has stepped forward publicly and wants his story told.  Help Michael spread the word far and wide. Please consider signing up for a small recurring monthly donation to help fund this social media campaign and empower survivors to come forward to hold clergy accountable for their behaviors and actions. Please help us spread the word and support our movement for victims that went through through the same situation but haven't came forward with their story yet!

Mitch Sanders
6 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bishop Jose H Gomez of Los Angeles, Pope Francis, Bishop Joseph Brennan, Bishop Robert Barron, Bishop Alexander Salazar, Bishop David O'Connell, Marc Trudeau, Father Jose Magana, Los Angeles Chief of Police Michel Moore, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Xavier Becerra, Margaret Graf

Remove Cardinal Roger Mahony and Press Criminal Charges

Time To Remove Cardinal Roger Mahony and Put Him In Prison As more allegations of wrongdoings against cardinals and bishops are surfacing, we must remember the crimes and the victims at the hands of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony. Cdl. Mahony is still free, living comfortably in a lavish house, celebrating masses and sacraments, and not in prison. EVIL HAS INFILTRATED THE CHURCH. It is time to clean it! This petition is directed to: 1.    Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and all auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles including Joseph Brennan, Robert Barron, Marc Trudeau, Alexander Salazar, David O’Connell to take charge of the situation by removing and denouncing Cdl. Mahony and predator priests or to resign immediately. 2.    Pope Francis to strip the title of Cardinal and expel Roger Mahony. 3.    Father Jose Magaña of St. Charles Borromeo of North Hollywood to expel this criminal, Roger Mahony, from the property and stop endangering children with Mahony’s presence. 4.    Los Angeles Chief of Police Michel Moore and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to file criminal charges and prosecute Cardinal Roger Mahony. Introduction:   Many of us faithful feel betrayed, angry and abandoned by our spiritual leaders who do not remove sexual predator priests, and especially the bishops who do not denounce them. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing despicable crimes by Cdl. Wuerl and the abuse committed by Cdl. McCarrick reminds us of the biggest criminal of all, Cdl. Roger Mahony of Los Angeles. Mahony is the poster child and example of what happens to criminals in the Church: NOTHING! This has to stop NOW! The problem is not going away, and these bad characters are living freely while hurting others and debilitating the Church. Some inside the Church including laity, are well aware of what is going on and have chosen to stay quiet. Perhaps they believe that ignoring, hiding and covering up wrongdoings is merciful and the best way to approach the problem. They may not realize that enabling sin puts all souls involved at risk of eternal damnation. This petition is created by devout Catholics with the intention of strengthening the Church. We know how good the Church is, and we want it to grow and continue its mission to spread the Good News. We will never leave the Church, and want the great majority of priests and religious who are good and holy to flourish. But, the bad apples must go away for good. All of them! The Catholic Church feeds more people, heals more people and educates more people than any other organization in the world. The Church has defended and protected the Cross for over 2,000 years - in many cases against the most menacing evils. But it took men and women of courage to lead the way. Some current leaders are weak, passive, and few are accomplices of horrible crimes. They protect their fellow priests, regardless of criminal actions, instead of protecting the vulnerable faithful. They have witnessed serious, horrific crimes and have chosen to stay quiet. The vow of obedience calls for priests to be obedient to God. This vow does not mean that they have to obey evil doers or evil itself. We recently learned of the crimes committed by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Cdl. Wuerl and how the bishops around them knew for years and kept quiet. It is time to send a loud and clear message to everyone in the Church that their crimes will not go silent any longer. It is time to reestablish trust and bring people back to the Church. “ what I have done, and in what I have failed to do..”   1.   Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and all auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles including Joseph Brennan, Robert Barron, Marc Trudeau, Alexander Salazar and David O’Connell to take charge of the situation by removing and denouncing Mahony and predator priests, or to resign immediately. In 2013 you, Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped Mahony from public duties in Los Angeles. The very next day, you issued a statement saying that Mahony was a priest “in good standing” and gave him the honorary title of Bishop Emeritus. This action clearly demonstrates a lack of leadership necessary to occupy the post of bishop of the largest dioceses in the United States. You are shielding a criminal and debilitating our Church. Mahony continues to celebrate masses and distribute the Holy Eucharist at St. Charles Borromeo and other parishes. Mahony’s house is right next to the school yard of St. Charles School where children play. Your actions are aiding and abetting a criminal. Time to act or resign immediately if you can’t act and protect the faithful, especially the children.  This is a formal call to the bishops to act now or resign from their posts. An urgent call to Bishops: Joseph Brennan, Robert Barron, Alexander Salazar, David O’Connell. What in the world are you waiting for? Who are you trying to protect? Is your plan to stay quiet, hide your head in the sand, and continue as sheep when you are supposed to be the Shepherd’s helpers? Mahony and his actions are like termites, quietly eating away the foundation of our Church. They are quietly eating away on good souls and leading people astray. Time to force Archbishop Jose H. Gomez to finally strip Mahony of his title and his duties. He can not continue to celebrate masses and cannot live next to innocent children. Marc Trudeau, you served as personal assistant to Mahony for years. What do you know? Why are you so quiet? And why did you accept the appointment as auxiliary bishop when you perhaps aided Mahony’s crimes? Time to speak loudly or resign. Jose Gomez and auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles: Are you afraid of denouncing Mahony? Please assure the faithful that you can protect us from pedophile, abusive, and actively gay priests in the Church. Many Catholics have left the Church and continue leaving the Church because of these grave moral inconsistencies. Will you go down in history as the complices of a criminal or people that cleaned the clergy and made a difference? Also, why is Bishop Curry still active? He is also guilty of aiding and abetting criminals and YOU KNOW IT!  2.    Pope Francis to strip the title of Cardinal and expel Mahony immediately. Stop saying that you’re “deeply saddened” and start acting.   The Church needs your leadership. There is no question about Mahony’s wrongdoings. There is no question of his actions and crimes. Please Holy Father, strip Mahony of his title and benefits, and make our Church stronger. We are in desperate need of leadership! You accepted the resignation of another criminal, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. It is time to do the same with Mahony and all the bishops that harbored his crimes including, but not limited to, Msgr. Thomas J. Curry. People like Mahony are like termites. They are silently eating away the foundation of the Church. They are debilitating and undermining the Church. We have allowed this to keep happening for years and years. We know how bad and damaging Mahony’s actions, his huge ego and criminal behavior have damaged the Church and its image. The idea that he and other bishops and cardinals will grow old and the problem will die with them, is not a solution. We need to send a loud and clear message to current clergy and people working in the Church: we will not allow crimes to go unpunished any longer. No more silence. No more cover-ups. This is the era of cleaning and eliminating the bad apples, especially in the Church.   Our actions will also help other religious organizations to act. Christian Protestant and Jewish congregations have pedophile, child abusers and crooks as well. In some cases, in higher numbers and more vicious crimes than the Catholic Church. They too, have to speak up and take action.  3.   Father Jose Magaña of St. Charles Borromeo of North Hollywood to expel this criminal, Mahony, from the property and stop endangering children with Mahony’s presence. As the new pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, you inherited Cdl. Mahony, and you do not have to shield him. For years, Monsignor Gallagher allowed Mahony to live in the church’s residence. We know that Gallagher and Mahony were close friends. Now that Monsignor Gallagher has passed, it is time for you to take charge and get Mahony out. By shielding Mahony, you are aiding and abetting a criminal while debilitating our Church. You are shielding, aiding, and abetting evil. The residence where Mahony lives is right next to the St. Charles Borromeo’s school yard.  By keeping Mahony at St. Charles, you are risking children that study and play right next to Mahony’s residence in the church property. Why are you keeping a criminal next to innocent children? Ask him to leave the church’s premises immediately while staying in the Los Angeles County to face criminal prosecution. Time to clean house and do God’s work. 4.    Los Angeles Chief of Police Michel Moore and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to file criminal charges and prosecute Cardinal Roger Mahony. Chief Michel Moore, DA Jackie Lacey: There is enough evidence to criminally charge one Roger Michael Mahony (“Mahony”) and put him behind bars. In Penal Code 32 PC, California law defines "accessory after the fact" as harboring, concealing or aiding a person whom you know has committed a felony, in order to protect him or her from arrest, trial, conviction and/or sentencing. There is no statute of limitation involving child abuse and the majority of Mahony’s crimes came to light in 2013. It is no secret. Mahony aided and abetted pedophile, child abusive priests for years. Mahony knowingly harbored, concealed or aided many criminals. He knew of their crimes. He knew of their victims. Instead of calling the police, he manipulated information, moved these criminals from parish to parish and allowed the crimes to continue. He directed priests to hide and leave the Los Angeles jurisdiction and the country to avoid criminal prosecution. According to there have also been two allegations against him. Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Mahony and his top advisor Msgr. Thomas J. Curry (“Curry”) plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution. For some unexplained reason, no criminal charges were ever filed against Mahony or Curry. There are 14,000 documents on the case. Several incriminate them of wrongdoings. There are deposition transcripts and piles of evidence. In the era of the #MeToo movement and when police departments across the nation are taking charge of lesser crimes, it is time for Los Angeles to do its part. Mahony’s public defense has always been that it was a long time ago and at that time he did not know what to do. Calling the police was not something so hard to do. Actually, it was way easier than hiding these criminals and moving them from parish to parish. Mahony purposely omitted information and mislead law enforcement officials for years. Cardinal Roger Mahony Deposition  Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony kept altar boy list from police:    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  Time to clean the Church. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the many, many devoted, holy men and women religious who must also endure this horrific scandal and may be unjustly humiliated. We pray for good and courageous bishops, priests, and others who will speak the truth for the love of all souls. Special prayers to all the survivors of sexual abuse, especially those abused by members of the clergy. May our united action and prayers bring justice, healing, and trust back to our Catholic Church.  

John Paul N
7,847 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Archbishop William Lori, West Virginia's Catholics, USCCB, Christophe Pierre

Open Letter from Lay Catholic Voices for Change

12 June 2019 The Most Reverend William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (DWC)320 Cathedral StreetBaltimore MD 21201 Dear Archbishop Lori, priests of the DWC, and fellow lay sisters and brothers in the DWC: We represent Lay Catholic Voices for Change, an organization created by parishioners from north-central West Virginia who have been joined by others from around the state. We have associated ourselves in response to the sexual abuse scandal, which we see as linked to a broad crisis of political and financial corruption within our Diocese and throughout the Church, to the detriment of clergy and laypeople alike. We address this letter to you, Archbishop Lori, but also to the clergy and lay faithful of our Diocese, in order to make specific requests and to express our general understanding of how the massive breach of trust that has torn our Church apart can begin to be repaired. We are outraged that the scandal of clergy sex abuse in our Church has been prolonged and perpetuated by coverups in the DWC. We are also troubled and appalled by the coverup in our diocese of Bishop Bransfield’s outrageous spending. As lay people, we decry the crimes that have been committed. But we are forced to acknowledge that the coverups have been facilitated by our acquiescence to a culture of clericalism that has pervaded our Church. It is now incumbent upon us to respond to the Catechism’s teaching that “[the laity] have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church” and “a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful” (CCC, 907). We must hold ourselves accountable for changing our institution so that these crimes and their coverup cannot happen again. We cannot leave it up to the hierarchy to tell us how they will solve this crisis. Until we resolve to be part of the solution, there can be no effective change. Therefore, we challenge ourselves and all Catholics in our Diocese to commit to being prayerful, informed, and involved. First, we must pray, individually and collectively, for the resolve and strength to be successful in this undertaking. Second, in order to be informed, we need the immediate and full cooperation from Diocesan leaders in the following areas:● The Diocese must release the full report (with redactions required to protect the identities of victims and witnesses) submitted by the investigative panel appointed by Archbishop Lori on abuse in the DWC. ● In addition to former Bishop Bransfield’s misdeeds and the names of individual priests credibly accused of crimes, we need to know who in the Diocese was complicit in these actions by covering up for the guilty, failing to report abuses, or using positions of authority to intimidate others into remaining silent. ● We also require a complete, annual, lay-led, independent, financial audit of the Diocese. ● On the parish level, full financial accountability should be demonstrated to members of parish councils. Third, laypeople must be involved in leadership in the following ways: ● The process for reporting and assessing allegations of sexual abuse must be clearly articulated and easily available to the People of God. That process must then be re-evaluated and, if necessary, reorganized by competent lay people. Reorganization must assure that the membership of the diocesan review board is chosen by the laity with no clerical involvement. ● We call for significant lay involvement in matters such as the choice of a new bishop for our Diocese, through a fully transparent selection process conducted by a publicly announced committee. Fourth, in terms of victim advocacy, we must have confidence in the viability and fairness of each level of the process. In particular, we demand that: ● There be a clear entry point for those making a complaint or asking for help; ● Victims be kept informed about what is happening with their cases after they are reported; ● Victims be assigned an advocate / mentor / friend who will actively keep in touch and support them as their case progresses; ● As lay people, we be informed about how to proceed in the event we are approached by a victim; ● Confidentiality be maintained as much as possible and policies of non-retaliation be securely implemented to protect those who come forward. Finally, on a parish level: ● We must challenge ourselves to have open and honest conversations. ● Our priests must talk about the crisis from the pulpit and offer us opportunities to become better informed. ● We must require priests to support lay involvement in decision-making on the parish level, including budgetary and financial matters. ● We must rise to the occasion when opportunities occur for such involvement. In summary, we as laity accept our call “to cooperate with [our] pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life” (CCC, 910). Therefore we insist on helping to resolve this crisis, which involves not only clergy sexual abuse, but also the abuse of power through clerical intimidation, financial corruption, malpractice in the assignment of parish priests, and other problems. Failure to accept this call by going along with business as usual will indicate our failure as Church. Therefore, we claim our right as baptized members of the Body of Christ and insist upon meaningful participation, inviting fellow Catholics from across our Diocese to do the same. Archbishop Lori, we respectfully request a response by 28 June 2019. For the sake of Christ and His Holy Church,        Lay Catholic Voices for Change

Lay Catholic Voices for Change
979 supporters