Formal Petition For Public Inquiry Into Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Submitted
By: Black Ram Media Group Inc
The movement was inspired by William O'Sullivan (Sully) a survivor of notorious convicted pedophile priest Father Grecco. Mr O'Sullivan first garnered media attention when he was featured in the award winning investigative journalism series A Wolf In Priest's Clothing by Grant LaFleche who recently spoke at an event held in Welland Ontario to share his experience reporting on this issue.
Mr O'Sullivan has become a local celebrity having protested outside St Kevin's Parish in Welland every Sunday for well over a year, now joined by dozens and growing every week. The Sully Movement Facebook Group has over 1000 members. Local residents participate every Sunday by honking as they drive past the church and bringing baked goods and hot beverages to protesters standing outside. A community is building around the movement.
Mr O'Sullivan has been urging local Bishop Bergie to release the names of pedophile priests in Niagara to no avail. The petition was then submitted by the movement's media representative Daniela Siggia who is seeking a practical approach as the next step and for reconciliation for the church.
"The Catholic Church is the victim here. Sexual predators infiltrated the church and worked hard to get into positions of power where they could foster a culture that enabled this sort of travesty. The prevalence is so staggering at this point, it requires public oversight in order to protect Catholics from further predation– as they were the ones being preyed upon by these criminals. A public inquiry isn't just about accountability, but provides the expertise and resources required to finally understand what really happened, how much it cost Canadians in mental health, addiction, criminal justice and human costs to our local communities over the years, and it can inform the church on effective policies and procedures on how to better cooperate with local law-enforcement to prevent tragedies like this from ever reoccurring. More importantly perhaps, it may embolden other survivors to come forward to get the help they need, because they know they are being listened to in earnest by the government."
#Churchtoo supporters have started an email campaign urging Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey to assist with the publication of the petition.
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