Target: Italian priest, Perio Corsi
Goal: To remove the priest from a station in which he can affect the minds and beliefs of his congregation.
Perio Corsi is the leader of a church in San Terenzo, Italy. Corsi posted a bulletin at his church in which he faulted women for bringing sexual and domestic violence upon themselves in the way that they dress and in their arrogant and independent demeanor. Sign this petition and urge Perio Corsi to step down and remove himself from a station in which his sexist and misogynistic beliefs may poison his followers and endanger the lives of women everywhere.
Following Corsi’s offensive remarks, both local officials and the president of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Family, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, have distanced themselves from him and stated his beliefs to be in opposition to their own. But stating that Corsi’s beliefs are unacceptable or different from their own is not enough. A priest has great power in his circle as he helps to shape the minds and the moral fiber of his congregation. To have a person who believes that violence against women is justified or understandable based on how women dress or act to be in a position of power in a church is dangerous.
Domestic violence against women is on the rise in the European Union; in 2012, 120 women were killed in domestic disputes which is a third more than in 2011. We can no longer allow those who promote violence against women to have a platform to stand on and a voice to spew their hatred from. Sign this petition and demand that Perio Corsi step down from his position of leadership.
Dear Perio Corsi,
We demand that you step down from your position of leadership in the San Terenzo church in Italy. Your stance that women are responsible for the violence against them is a shining example of the problem in the world today. Men who claim no responsibility over themselves and their actions are weak in both mind and body and are not fit to lead others.
Your views are both dangerous and ugly. As a leader you should be promoting independence in women, promoting free-thinking and self-sufficient women who do not need men to take care of them. You should be promoting independent men who do not need to show dominance and self-importance through violence, promoting caring and understanding men who do not need to beat or rape to prove their self-worth.
As you have seen in the wake of your comments and in your refusal to apologize or take responsibility for your actions, your views and stance on this situation are in direct opposition to those held by the Catholic Church, which has taken great strides to distance itself from you. Please take this as a sign that you should no longer be leading a congregation and step down as the leader of your church.
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