Click here to read: “Archdiocese led lobby to stop abuse law change,” by Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, November 5, 2013.
An internal accounting analysis prepared by the archdiocese shows that the lobbying association known as the Minnesota Religious Council received more than $800,000 from the Catholic Church during a seven-year period ending in the middle of 2008. A similar analysis was not available for subsequent years, but state lobbying records show the council spent more than $425,000 on lobbyists from 2006 through 2012.
Lobbying records also show the council doubled its lobbying force to six individuals on March 22, 2013, just weeks before the passage of the Child Victims Act. That law eliminated the statute of limitation for child sexual abuse cases going forward. It also created a three-year window for litigation of many previously barred claims in cases where churches, schools and other institutions failed to provide protection to children.
Editor’s note: Do we think it’s any different here? How much has the Archdiocese of Philadelphia given the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference? We MUST FIGHT for the same legislation. This would not only bring justice to victims, it would also help protect Pennsylvania’s children from future abuse. Let your state representative know.