Thousands sign petition against naming bridge after cardinal suspected of covering up child sexual abuse

Written By Manuel Poças

Over 17,000 Portuguese citizens are against the decision of naming a public bridge after Cardinal Dom Manuel Clemente. The public petition will be discussed at the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic.

The petition argues that Portugal is a secular state and that naming the bridge after the cardinal is offensive to the 4800 victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic church.

Cardinal Dom Manuel Clemente is suspected of covering up at least one crime of sexual abuse to a minor by a member of the church. For this reason, the author of the petition states that Portuguese taxpayers should think about the fact that their money is intended to be used to build something in order to honor someone who condoned such a hideous crime.

The document, which is name “Petição para alteração do nome previsto para a ponte Lisboa/Loures no Parque Tejo” – Petition to alter the name intended for the Lisbon/Loures bridge in Parque Tejo, had almost 11,400 signatures in less than three days.

According to Portuguese law, the right to petition is universal and free. Moreover, if a public petition that follows all the rules in place gets more than 7,500 signatures, it will be discussed in the Assembly of the Republic.

This petition, which will be delivered to the Mayor of Lisbon, is already well above that number. For this reason, it will go straight to the Assembly, considering the appropriate time frame, and maybe it will be able to produce the desired effect.

Stay up to date
Subscribe To Portugal.com's Newsletter

Receive the latest news, travel information, stories, offers and more!

Invalid email address
Give it a try. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Join our FB group Portugal Travel & Living for all things Portugal and news updates

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Follow Us

415FansLike
408FollowersFollow
159FollowersFollow

Most Popular

A Swiftie Fan Hot Spot Has Opened at Colombo Shopping Mall Right Next to the Eras Tour – Lisbon

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour takes over Benfica Stadium (Estádio Luz) for two nights (May 24 and 25) starting tomorrow, but the sports stadium where...

Welcome to Portugal (Taylor Swift’s Version)

We are only 14 days DTTS (Days Til Taylor Swift) here in Portugal, and we can barely contain our excitement. Not only is this...

Time required to get Portuguese citizenship reduced by 12-18 months

Portuguese residents waiting to apply for citizenship can now breathe a huge sigh of relief! The Portuguese Parliament passed significant amendments on March 5th...

Latest Articles