From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Letters to the Editor, Sunday, November 6, 2011
Chaput says school closings concern parishioners most….
AID ABUSE VICTIMS
I am very saddened by Archbishop Charles Chaput’s comments about statutes of limitation regarding the sexual abuse of children (“Chaput says Philadelphia school closings concern parishioners most,” Oct. 28). In opposing reform the archbishop appears to be willing, in effect, to deny access to justice to all abuse victims, not just the small percentage who have been exploited by priests. This is hardly what one expects from a religious leader.
Child abuse is an epidemic that grows daily, taking a human and financial toll on the resources of both the state and the private organizations helping victims.
Inadequate statutes of limitation covering childhood abuse only exacerbate the issue. They are arbitrary and discriminatory, as is seen in the disparity of statutes in states across the country.
Would Archbishop Chaput have Pennsylvania deny the protection of law to all victims of incest in order to continue the cover-up of sexual abuse that has existed for decades in the Roman Catholic Church? In not supporting statute of limitation reform that is exactly what Chaput is doing.
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, New Castle,