Friday, August 14, 2009
The ugly face of the Catholic Church is on display again. This time, devoting their considerable resources to defeat the Child Victims Act (CVA) in the New York legislature.
The Child Victims Act (CVA) would extend the statute of limitations on child sex abuse by five years and make it somewhat easier for abuse victims to have their day in court. Who would possibly oppose this?
Based on an unscientific survey of everyone with whom I have spoken in recent months, I have come to the conclusion that there is an untold story that would shock the vast majority of Americans. Pieces of it have appeared in various publications, but never the whole story. It is the story of the New York Catholic Conference’s outrageous measures to stop the reform of New York’s laws that govern child sex abuse.
The bottom line is that the Catholic bishops have committed both themselves and their copious resources to becoming the political enemies of all child sex abuse victims and thus the political allies of all child predators (whether they be priests, teachers, or uncles).
If the New York Catholic Conference had not poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into lobbying against proposed Child Victims Act (CVA) would have been law long ago and today we would know the identities of hundreds of New York child predators who are now enjoying the anonymity and protection afforded them by existing state law and fewer children would be the victims of sexual abuse.
Instead, the New York Catholic Conference have become the sworn enemies of New York’s children and of the truth.