Catholic Church Tries to Stave Off Priest Abuse Lawsuits

Connecticut Supreme Court appeal focuses on statute of limitations

After what seemed like a never-ending series of child sexual abuse scandals involving the Roman Catholic Church, lawmakers both nationally and in Connecticut sought ways to protect victims' rights.

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  • Michael Skiendzielewski

    It is very important to note that the Hartford Archdiocese is being represented by MALE attorneys, highly-paid, to represent and protect the leadership and the institution while the two comments so far are bravely and accurately presented by WOMEN, two of the strongest and most vocal advocates for CHILDREN who are victims of clergy sexual abuse.
    As a lifelong Catholic, father and grandfather, there is no middle ground here, regardless of the forum, courtroom or Main Street, is ether for the children, their protection, their rights, or one is AGAINST our children. All I know is that from my Catholic education and faith, no one could pay this writer enough money to represent the archdiocese and defend their hypocritical and morally indefensible conduct and decision-making.

    Michael Skiendzielewski
    Captain (retired)
    Philadelphia Police Department

  • David Clohessy, SNAP

    For victims and advocates, this is about prevention, not dollars! A reasonable statute of limitations enables victims to expose, through the justice system, those who commit and conceal heinous crimes against kids.

    The archbishop is trying to protect clerical careers, not church cash. He wants to avoid trials, depositions and discovery that will show the continuing complicity by top Catholic officials in clergy sex cases.

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