Front page of The Inquirer today:
“The chairwoman of the panel that reviews clergy sex-abuse cases for the Philadelphia Archdiocese has lashed out at Cardinal Justin Rigali and his bishops, accusing them of having “failed miserably at being open and transparent” about the misdeeds of their priests.”
“Head of Philly Priest Sex-Abuse Review Panel Criticizes Her Church Leaders,” by David O’Reilly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 2011
I urge every Catholic to read the Grand Jury Report. Since Church leaders have failed miserably in doing the right (and moral) thing for our children, we must demand they at least fulfill the recommendations set forth in the Grand Jury Report. As practicing Catholics and as a society, we must get behind legislation that protects children in the future. The statute of limitations protects abusers. There is no statute of limitations on murder in PA. There shouldn’t be one for child sex abuse. This is SOUL MURDER!
The public affairs arm of EVERY diocese in the state of PA is actively working against the removal of the statute of limitations. Why? Because they are protecting assets. That’s what got us into this mess in the first place.