human rights violations

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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Pope Francis, Vatican

Help Us Abolish the Mandatory Celibacy Law in the Catholic Church.

The Mandatory Celibacy Law in the Catholic Church. We Request the Right to Vote at the Synod. We need the help of the population to abolish the mandatory celibacy in the Catholic Church.  It can not be said that the mandatory celibacy law is out-dated since it shouldn't have existed in the first place, especially in our civilized day. It is an inhuman and cruel law that affects not only the Catholic priests who desire a family life but also people from society. The women who are in love with priests and children who are born from this relationship are directly impacted by it. The consequences are devastating, and the lives of thousands of people are destroyed in many ways. The Church is deprived as Married priesthood should bring about a change in the teaching of the church especially the one dealing with sexuality. The current priests don’t have a realistic understanding of family life and can’t be qualified to give adequate advice to their parishioners. One of the most serious impacts of mandatory celibacy is that women and priests most often will suffer from depression, PTSD, emotional distress, isolation, fear, guilt, suicidal tendencies and in some rare cases suicide was committed. To add to this, they must live in secrecy, they can’t share their happiness with their family or their community because they will be rejected, condemned and judged.  The women will be intimidated and harassed, and their reputation destroyed. As for the children, they can’t have an open and loving relationship with their father. They can’t have a legitimate right to emotional and financial stability because of the challenges single parents face. They must either remain silent or lie about their father’s identity.  Often a priest will deny his paternity to avoid problems with the clergy. Furthermore, the love and the relationship between the priest and the woman will not be validated and supported by his superiors. If the relationship is discovered, the clergy will quickly take action on imposing severe restrictions. The priest will be reminded or reproached about his vow of obedience and will have to terminate the relationship immediately. The clergy will not involve, inform, or consult the woman about their decision. In addition, they will not support nor validate how the woman and the children are coping. Their pain and suffering are completely disregarded. If the woman tries to keep contact and corresponds via mail, email, phone or social media, all her correspondence will be intercepted, and the privacy of her correspondence will be violated by the priest’s superior. This is a part of the restrictions that are inflicted upon the priest’s and their lovers, in many cases, they are even separated by the superiors through constant transfers of these priests to different parishes. In consequence of these types of restrictions, both the women and the priest along with the potential children involved are impacted and afflicted by the mandatory celibacy law, which violates many articles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. • Article 1.  “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” • Article 2. “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.” • Article 5. “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” • Article 12.  “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation.” • Article 16. in Section 1 and 3 “Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to find a family (…) 3, The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and it is entitled to protection by society and by the state.” • Article 19. “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.” The abolition of mandatory celibacy would have great benefits for society and for the church, because of the following factors: • There will be a larger pool from which to select candidates for the priesthood. • The children could enjoy a father figure and have an open relationship without having to be forced to silence or to lie about the real identity of their father. • It will give the legitimate right to the child to have emotional and financial stability. • They will not suffer the long-term trauma from alienation. • The women and the priests will not be subjected to stress, fear, emotional distress, depression, isolation, suicidal thought etc. • They won’t have to go through intimidation, harassment, humiliation, rejection from their community and having their reputation destroyed. • Their hope to build a family and well-being would be restored. • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights would be respected. Those are only a few important elements; there are much more to be considered. It is crucial that we get involved and ask for the legitimate right to vote against mandatory celibacy during the synod because it does impact the fate of our future. This is also a social issue and not only a clerical one. Therefore, it is not only up to the bishops at the Vatican to decide once more whether if mandatory celibacy should be abolished or live on. By allowing them to decide exclusively, once again, they will not validate how the society is affected and the suffering of the people will stand for generations to come. Mandatory celibacy should be replaced by optional celibacy, so that all priests can decide for themselves what they want for their vocation.  We also need the help of the general population to add to the number of those who want a change in the Catholic Church.  So please use your right as part of society and sign this petition to make a change for the best for our families.      

Louise Ouellet
236 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to York University, Canadian Liberal Government

Keep Paul James (Canadian Soccer Olympic Player) alive.

Paul James is a Canadian International Soccer player, coach, and a three time inductee into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. Paul competed on four CONCACAF Championship teams while playing and coaching Canada on 47 and 35 occasions, respectively. Along the way, Paul appeared in two Olympic Games and two FIFA World Cup Championships for Canada. In spite of this background, Paul is currently living in Canada homeless, penniless, and with no social status. Alarmingly, Paul's experience is not isolated as many thousands of Canadians across the country and millions of people around the globe experience similar circumstances. The reason for this is due to the fact that Paul opened up to his employer and his community that he was suffering from poor mental health which included social anxiety, depression, and a substance use disorder. Paul's honesty and willingness to confront and seek help with his condition led to unimaginable actions by his employers which included excommunication, harassment, and discrimination. Furthermore, Paul was asked to formalize his resignation. None of this is acceptable behavior, yet the Canadian judicial system allowed this to happen. Why? Because Paul was honest and forthcoming about his poor mental health and his substance use disorder. Paul is a Canadian icon, yet his treatment is far from what we Canadians would believe is acceptable behavior in this great country of ours. If the Canadian Government does not look after our icons, who is to say that they will look after ordinary folk like you and I?  We are asking the Canadian Government to take immediate action to stop this unethical treatment of Canadian Citizens suffering from poor mental health and substance use disorder. Paul James is determined to end such treatment for all Canadians, and his determination could result in his death due to the hunger strike that Paul has embarked on. The clock is ticking for Paul, and he needs your support.

Ivan Rapa
758 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Manager for Social Housing

Housing Special Priority Status

My son has multiple of learning disabilities and this can be proven by doctors, anyone of his teaching mentors in his school and past schools. Unfortunately, I left an abusive relationship back in 2010 and because I resided with the abuser I was granted this Special Status to reside in a 'safe' home. Now that my son is now 17 and a half years of age and who is identified with MID (Mild Intellectual Disability) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) he had recently communicated that he was abused by my ex partner as well. He is in fear (and so is this 'Mom') to share anything else to anyone to help him deal with his emotions and what abuse that he endured with my ex partner. The place that I reside my ex partner knows where I live and my son knows that my ex partner knows where we live so my son shared with me that he is going to hold the pain about my ex partners bullying inside until we move. My son is suppose to be graduating from high school this year and with mid term communication report card it states that he is not focused on his studies because of his fears to share with his professionals that are trying to help him heal. Staying here, I am in fear that my son will not overcome this at all and he will always be angry at the facts. This was not his fault of being abused as a minor; he needs therapy on many things and this too can be difficult because how my son communicates to people. I want to make this known to people that this happened to from my ex partner as well and to have a teenager finally open ups of mental, emotional and physical abuse done to a person is traumatizing enough as it is... they do NOT know what it means to live with a person that suffers from MID and ASD and do not deal with something dramatic in this nature! In these circumstances I should be on top of this list and I should be eligible for Housing Special Priority! I feel that my son too is being discriminated in his rights to be safe and I feel that I am being treated the same way! I feel that I am being held back my rights as well. The fact that they are stopping me having the right to feel safe and to protect my son. I want to continue to have signatures for this because of the fact that I have 10 days to appeal for the status to move to have my son turn into a wonderful person instead of holding in anger of what my ex did to him as a minor. This is 'NOT' his fault that this person to whom abused him as a child and he needs understanding counseling and he needs to heal and doing this we have to move.  I even shared these concerns to my MPP and did not hear back from them about this but I did sign a consent for my MPP office to speak on my behalf, I even got a letter stating from Victim Witness stating that a move will be imperative for my son's and even my own healing. 

Christa Leanne Timmerman
23 supporters