Petition to Pope Francis (Head of the Catholic Church), Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Most Reverend Bernard A Hebda, Bishop of Portland ME Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley, Archbishop of San Francisco His Excellency the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Defend and Support Bishop Robert C. Morlino
We are asking that His Holiness Pope Francis not remove Robert C. Morlino from his role as Bishop of the Madison Diocese. Bishop Morlino exerts a charitable and unifying influence over the Diocese through his loving attempts to guide his flock in the Holy Catholic Faith. Furthermore, he is a conscientious father whose attitudes and opinions about the LGBTQI members of his Diocese reflect perfectly the teaching of the Catholic Church as infallibly reiterated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2357). His love and guidance for poor sinners in his diocese, be they gay or straight, is a beautiful reflection of Christ’s admonition to love thy neighbor, as well as one of Christ’s Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy— “to admonish the sinner”. He supports guidelines instructing his priests to conscientiously guide his flock in matters regarding what the Catholic Church considers public sins. He loves his flock, especially sinners, to such an extent that he goes out of his way to help them remove themselves from lifestyles which are destructive and which the Catholic Church forbids, not out of hate or bigotry, but out of love. We are all sinners, but Bishop Morlino loves us all enough to remain undaunted by the tyrannical constraints of political correctness and to inform us exactly what the Church teaches we must do to save our immortal souls. In other words, Bishop Morlino is a good shepherd to his flock, who loves all his sheep equally the way Christ would have, and cares deeply for their immortal souls. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/madison-catholic-diocese-offers-considerations-that-could-limit-funeral-rites/article_e644c9a1-95ec-5427-8e07-4392e1df81bc.html Finally, it is apparent that Bishop Morlino has enough love in his heart and strength of character to be concerned for all souls in his diocese, even when such concern is met with hateful rhetoric against his person. He’s fearless, and we believe the Church is greatly served by his faithful ministry. Bishop Morlino’s 14-year pattern and practice of faithfully fulfilling the duties of his office has caused Madison, WI to become one of the most Catholic dioceses in the country. It is for this reason that we are asking his Holiness Pope Francis to ignore the hateful demands of a small group of angry activists who flagrantly and publicly despise the Church’s teachings to such an extent that they want Robert C. Morlino removed as Bishop of the Madison Diocese for faithfully defending said teachings. We thank God for Bishop Morlino.
Petition to Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, His Holiness Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Cardinal James Tobin, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal James Harvey
Cardinal Wuerl Should Resign
The bombshell Pennsylvania Grand Jury report just released shows that Cardinal Donald Wuerl, former Archbishop of Pittsburgh, was complicit in covering up sexual abuse of children by multiple priests, shuffling around priests who'd abused children, and publicly praising priests he knew had abused children. Cardinals and bishops who ignored or covered up abuses and criminal acts like these and knowingly allowed priests to inflict harm on others were collaborating in the evil and must resign or be removed. Explanations that "we've learned a lot since then" and "we now have stronger policies" neither undo the damage nor in any way justify the past enabling of these evil, harmful, criminal, and immoral acts. In Mark 9: 42 Jesus says, "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe [in me] to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. A Washington Post editorial calling for Cardinal Wuerl's resignation concludes, "This must be a time of repentance. Repentance requires accountability. And accountability requires resignations--starting with Wuerl's."
Petition to Pope Francis (Vicar of Christ) (Vicar of Christ)
Support by the Catholic Laity for the Filial Correction of Pope Francis
On September 23, 2017, an international group of Catholic clergy and lay scholars issued a public correction of Pope Francis: “Most Holy Father,” the letter begins, “With profound grief, but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by filial devotion toward yourself, we are compelled to address a correction to Your Holiness on account of the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia and by other words, deeds and omissions of Your Holiness.” The full title of the document is Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis, which is translated as “A filial correction concerning the propagation of heresies.” It states, according to the authors, “that the pope has, by his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, and by other, related, words, deeds and omissions, effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church.” To read more about this document, go here. Because it appears that the authors of the document intended to include only the signatures of credentialed theologians, pastors, and scholars who could add the weight of their academic expertise to the cause, we have created this petition to be signed by any and every member of the laity, no matter their station in life, in support of their effort. We, too, believe that we must "protect our fellow Catholics – and those outside the Church, from whom the key of knowledge must not be taken away (cf. Lk. 11:52) – hoping to prevent the further spread of doctrines which tend of themselves to the profaning of all the sacraments and the subversion of the Law of God."This is an informal petition of support of this effort, but every voice counts. Every signature matters. We hope you will join us in lending our own voices to this noble and worthy effort to defend Our Lord Jesus Christ, His divinely revealed truths, and the teachings of our Holy Mother Church.
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. “...in 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 bishop-accountability.org 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.
Petition to To all Catholic Bishops, Pope Francis, Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
A Call for Justice and Accountability in the Catholic Church
Formal Petition We, the lay faithful of the Catholic Church, in accordance with Canon Law (Can 229), present the following petition to the Church Hierarchy. We request swift action against clergy suspected of abuse and those willfully covering up abuse. We request the formation of investigative panels in each Archdiocese and at the Vatican. We request the establishment of confidential means to report abuse and illicit behavior. We request total compliance with standing Church policy regarding candidates for the priesthood. Acts of sexual abuse and coercion by members of the clergy are reprehensible. Those who enable abusers and cover-up their crimes, against both secular and moral laws, are complicit in the evil. We specifically speak of the documented clerical sexual abuse of minors, homosexual coercion and relationships between members of the clergy and the resulting cover-up by some members of the Hierarchy. We recognize the good and faithful service of most of the clergy and the Church Hierarchy. Sadly, it seems their efforts to confront this evil within their ranks is a war being waged without obvious success and due process. We desire to publicly join their ranks and enter the battle to bring about justice for the abused and due process for the abusers. To that end, we, the lay faithful, who believe in the truth and beauty of our Catholic faith and commit ourselves to living its principles, humbly present the universal Church Hierarchy with this petition. Explanatory Section The ongoing abuse, illicit homosexual behavior and its resulting trauma on the abused are, in themselves, reason enough for this petition. Added to this is the ongoing scandalous behavior by some members of the clergy/Hierarchy and the Church’s inability to resolutely address the core issues of this crisis which has resulted in a great loss of trust in our Church fathers, the shepherds of Christ’s flock. We request swift action against clergy suspected of abuse and those willfully covering up abuse. We request that any member of the ordained clergy who is suspected of the sexual abuse of minors be turned over to civil authorities. Those involved in illicit relationships (homosexual or heterosexual) or involved in any cover-up of such activities should be immediately removed from their current position, and if found guilty, be laicized. Dioceses should openly inform the laity of all such cases and credible accusations. We request the formation of investigative panels in each Archdiocese and at the Vatican. We request that each Archdiocese establish a joint panel to initiate investigations regarding claims of child sexual abuse, illicit behavior and any cover-up. At a minimum, each panel should consist of members of the laity, clergy, law enforcement, legal profession and child protective services. A joint panel at an Archdiocese can ensure each Diocese, within its ecclesiastical province, is investigating all claims of child sexual abuse and any coercion and intimidation against anyone by a person of authority. We request the establishment of confidential means to report abuse and illicit behavior. We request that a hotline, secure web address and confidential mailing address be established for each Archdiocesan panel and that these means of contact be disseminated to every parishioner throughout every Archdiocese. Similar means of contact should be established for use by the clergy or members of the Hierarchy to report abuse by other members of the Hierarchy to a similarly established Vatican panel. We request total compliance with standing Church policy regarding candidates for the priesthood. We request that every means available be exercised in the screening of candidates for the priesthood. The goal is to fully enforce current Church policy as stated in the Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders. This instruction states, “…that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture.’ Conclusion Trust is a priceless treasure, easily lost and rarely regained. As a people full of hope, we strongly desire to participate in its re-establishment even though doing so will entail pain and sacrifice especially, and justly, on the part of those who caused trust to be lost. We commit ourselves to prayer and fasting, resolutely living our faith and seeking the sacraments, no matter what storms rage around us.
Petition to Bishop Joseph C. Bambera
Pope Francis: Remove Bishop Bambera Now
Three years ago Pope Francis remarked in Pennsylvania that “I pledge to you that we will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead. Clergy and bishops will be held accountable when they abuse or fail to protect children.” Three weekends ago the Vatican reiterated that “Both abuse and its cover-up can no longer be tolerated and a different treatment for Bishops who have committed or covered up abuse…is no longer acceptable.” The implications for Bishop of Scranton Joseph C. Bambera are clear: he must resign immediately or Pope Francis should order his laicization post-haste. While vicar for clergy in 1995, Bishop Bambera failed to notify civil authorities upon learning that Father Robert J. Gibson was assigned to a new parish after raping children in an old parish. Rapist Gibson subsequently groomed a young boy for sexual abuse. Similarly, in November 1996 Bambera didn’t notify authorities about Father Albert M. Libertore Jr.’s predatory grooming. Libertore later sexually assaulted an altar boy from 1999-2004 (PA Grand Jury Report pp. 841-842; 852-853). It’s been said that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." When asked about the evil deeds he never reported, Bambera told the AP "Could I have done things better? Do I wish that there were things that were different in those days? Yeah, I do, I do." #MeToo. But as an educator at a Catholic university and father of two young children in CCD, I’ve lost faith in Bambera’s ability to meet his most sacred obligation, not as clergy but as human: to protect our most vulnerable from our most horrible. "I worked for Bishop Timlin and the decisions were his to make, they weren't mine." Bambera now faces a decision that only he can make. To help area Catholics heal without the specter of child rape hovering over our diocese, Bambera can decide to resign. Now. ***To help him make the right decision I'd love to respectfully gift His Excellency a token of my appreciation in the form of a print-out of this petition and its signatures. Currently at 391, I'd like 496 more so that the number of people calling for his resignation matches the number of pages in the PA Grandy Jury Report: 887. Let's do this! Resources I. Local television segment on why I’m standing up for children forced to their knees: https://wnep.com/2018/09/26/a-professors-protest-against-a-bishop II. Local paper’s article As Bambera Looked on, Abusive 'Father Ned' Got New Assignment: https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/as-bambera-looked-on-abusive-priest-got-new-post-1.2382513 III. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s Report on 301 predator priests: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/report/
Petition to The American Members of the College of Cardinals
A Letter to the American Members of the College of Cardinals
We, the undersigned members of the Christian faithful of the Catholic Church, mindful of the exhortation of the Second Vatican Council that the laity “should openly reveal … their needs and desires” to the spiritual shepherds of the Church, and that the laity are “sometimes even obliged to express their opinions on those things which concern the good of the Church” (LG 37, Canon 212.2&3) in faithful discharge of our responsibilities as members of the Body of Christ, submit to you, the American members of the College of Cardinals, the following: We profess our love for Christ’s Church, its clergy and laity. We take seriously our mission to bring the Gospel to our world. We are not unmindful of the frailties of human nature and the forgiveness of God both for laity and clergy. However, we cannot tolerate the intolerable. The scandals associated with former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick reveal predatory and abusive behavior has been known for years even as he rose to the highest ranks of the Church’s hierarchy. While he wounded and harmed the innocent, he continued to be promoted in the life of the Church. No community, even secular, can accept these egregious offenses against human dignity and common decency. Much less, can the Body of Christ or its leaders simply remove an offender of this type and move forward without a meaningful reform of systemic evil, collusion, and denial. This corruption reaches the highest levels of the Church. We turn, therefore, to those who constitute the highest level of Church authority, to those who are called to serve the Bishop of Rome as his collaborators and advisers. We know neither the depth of this evil nor all its remedies. We do know this: 1. Beginning with the Roman Curia, there must be a cleansing of those who by action or silence were complicit in the rise of a known sexual predator in the ranks of the Church. 2. Pope Francis must effectively pursue the thorough reform of the Roman Curia and its finances to which he was called by his election. 3. Those who are called to advise Pope Francis must make clear to him that the accustomed secrecy and denials cannot exist in today’s world. He cannot at the same time accuse the Chilean people of calumny when they present their legitimate complaints against Bishop Juan Barros and claim to be interested in reform. He can no longer wait to be forced to remove offenders. 4. Pope Francis must be challenged regarding the role of Cardinal Óscar Rodriguez Maradiaga as a nominal reformer coordinating C9, the Council of nine Cardinals, supposedly overseeing reform. The complaints from Maradiaga’s seminarians regarding moral turpitude in his seminary cannot be answered by calling these forthright men “gossipers.” 5. If Pope Francis is unable or unwilling to effect the necessary reforms, we hereby petition you to exercise your office and invite him to step aside, after the example of Pope Benedict, to allow for the election of a Pontiff who can and will effect true reform starting with the Roman Curia. We recognize the great works of goodness in the Church and within the Roman Curia. We love the Church and we wish to bring our children, all youth and all people of good will to the joy of being Catholic. We cannot tolerate this breach of trust and respect. We will not accept bureaucratic nostrums about convening panels for discussion or the creation of policies. The Gospels suffice. Regardless of its effect on ecclesiastical careers or personal popularity in Rome, we exhort you to do what must be done. We assure you of our prayers for the success of your mission.