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e-2306 (Justice)

Initiated by Daniela Siggia from Welland, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • It is common knowledge that there are a multitude of survivors of childhood sexual abuse by hundreds of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church over many decades;
  • The Catholic Church has not released the names of pedophiles within its ranks and moved sexual predators around enabling ongoing abuse and evasion of criminal prosecution;
  • The social ripple effect this systemic sexual predation of children has cost Canada in silent suffering of victims leading to health, mental health, criminal and addiction costs to society;
  • We believe a public inquiry would send a message to survivors suffering in silence that it is safe to come forward to name their abusers to prevent further predation, but to also to facilitate survivors accessing the help they need. It would inform the public on systemic abuse of children and inform on establishing new policies that hold guilty priests accountable under the law, and prevent these acts of criminality to be repeated; and
  • We know that the majority of Catholics are innocent victims, as these priests predated among their most vulnerable members. An inquiry would help protect Catholics from further victimization and would lay the groundwork for truth and reconciliation for the Church as an integral member of Canada’s diverse and beautiful tapestry of faith.
We, the undersigned, #ChurchToo movement: comprised of Canadian residents, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to instigate a public inquiry compelling Catholic church leadership to testify under oath with a comprehensive investigation with the aim of not only identifying pedophile priests, but also the logistics operation established by leadership that helped facilitate the continued sexual predation of children
Open for signature
November 29, 2019, at 9:17 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 28, 2020, at 9:17 a.m. (EDT)
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Niagara Centre
Liberal Caucus
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