Catholic Church Had a ‘Playbook for Concealing the Truth’
“Avoid scandal. Use euphemisms. Ask inadequate questions. Lock complaints away in a “secret archive.” Above all, don’t tell the police.”
The New York Times
We’re only as sick as the secrets we keep
The secrets of Catholic diocese across Pennsylvania are out. Over a thousand children sexually abused. Hundreds of adults are responsible. The sick ones who sexually abused the children, and the more dangerous ones, the ones who protected predator priests, not children they preyed on.
But this isn’t their biggest sin.
The Bigger Sin
“What we can say though, is that despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability. Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing, they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some of those named in this report, have been promoted. Until that changes we think it is to early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal.”
Grand Jury Report
Roman Catholic Church protects all perpetrators; not just priests
Diocese across America led by New York’s Cardinal Dolan [pictured], and including the Diocese in Pennsylvania, have spent years fighting in state capitol buildings to keep sex offenders on the street and above the law. This is surprisingly easy; all you need to do is ensure there’s a statute of limitations on the crime. Because we know that most victims need decades to talk about their trauma. By denying adult victims the right to a fair trial we ensure most people who sexually abuse children, and most of those who help them, will get away with it.
Working together we can change this. We can pass the Child Victims Act. Click the button and get involved.
For years the Catholic Church has been lobbying hard against statute of limitations reform in PA and other states. And now that their secret is out they’re going to try harder. The only way we can pass this bill and protect children is with a massive show of force. And that’s where you come in.
Cuomo: We give justice to dead, but not living
Phone or email your legislator
Nothing works better than letting your legislator know you want them to support this ban. Call them, email them, go to their office. They work for us so let them know what you expect.
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What are the media saying?
Many media, including in the Chris Cuomo video above, have condemned the Catholic Church and called for Statute of Limitation reform. Here are some links.