Consequences of Cover-Up

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 21, 2019   

Lawmakers and law enforcement are dismantling the homosexual network

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The homosexual network within the Catholic Church which is responsible for perpetrating and covering up sex abuse — 80 percent of which is homosexual — is being dismantled by lawmakers and law enforcement.

Law enforcement is rapidly amassing large volumes of evidence showing a massive cover-up of clerical sex abuse in many dioceses across the country. But to prosecute perpetrators and those who enabled them, law enforcement needs lawmakers to relax the statute of limitations existing in many states that prevent the legal filing of such cases — and lawmakers are responding.

On Tuesday, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 136-2 in favor of legislation that would open a two-year window for victims of child sex abuse to file lawsuits. Such victims were previously denied their day in court regardless of overwhelming evidence proving their case, owing to the current statute of limitations in place. Maryland has already increased the age at which victims can file civil lawsuits from 25 to 38 years old.

Similar moves are currently working their way through state legislatures in North Carolina and New Jersey. New York passed such legislation in January called the Child Victims Act (CVA) that was signed into law in February. The law opens a one-year window for victims who were sexually abused as minors to file civil as well as criminal lawsuits. The new law also extends the age limit for such victims.

Before the passage of CVA, victims could no longer file criminal or civil lawsuits after they turned 23 years old. Now, they are able to file criminal charges up to the age of 28 and civil lawsuits until they reach the age of 55. The law gives them the ability to sue not only the perpetrator but also institutions that enable such perpetrators to commit sex abuse.

The archbishop of New York, Cdl. Timothy Dolan, fought the passage of CVA tooth and nail. In 2018, he showed up unannounced at the state capitol to lobby against the bill that he called "toxic." He was especially concerned about opening a so-called "lookback window" in the statute of limitations for one year. After meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo for an hour last March, he went on to tell reporters, "The lookback we find to be very strangling."

Watch the panel discuss the legal ramifications of hiding sex abuse in The Download—Consequences of Cover-Up.

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