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By PennLive Op-Ed
on July 05, 2016 at 1:00 PM, updated July 05, 2016 at 1:01 PM
Deep pocketed interests denied justice to church abuse survivors: Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
By Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
I have said it before and I will say it again:
Accountability and transparency for the crimes of childhood sexual abuse today and in the future absolves no one from the accountability and transparency for the sexual crimes committed against children in the past.
Deep pockets denied the rights of all those who were sexually abused as children.
Their right to access justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was denied them by groups that had much to lose; the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese along with the other Pennsylvania dioceses as well as the insurance industry and and several business lobby groups.
Mostly, however, the opposition to the retroactive measure, statute of limitation reform, was led by Archbishop Charles Chaput, by way of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference which he leads, and the heads of the Pennsylvania dioceses who dutifully follow orders.
And why? Is it money? Hardly.
Keep in mind that about $10 million dollars has been spent defending Msgr. William Lynn.
One can only guess at how much the public relations firm and the lobbyists from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference are costing [the church]. That will likely never be known.
Then what is it?
It's the fact that the bishops, the members of the hierarchy, will continue to do whatever they have to do, and what they have done for decades if not centuries.
And that is to do whatever it takes to protect a powerful institution and its secrets.
The safety and protection of the most vulnerable, the children, was never their priority regardless of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish is the Advocate for Victim/Survivors & Legislative Reform and a founding member of CatholicWhistleblowers.org and the National Survivor Advocates Coalition. Readers may email her at email@example.com.
Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse
ACTION ALERT: To All Survivors of Child Sex Abuse...
Last April, the PA Attorney General’s Office established a toll-free phone number for survivors of child sex abuse (who were PA residents, or were abused by someone in PA) to call if they wanted to file a report of being sexually abused or molested as a child under 18 no matter how long ago the abuse happened or no matter who committed the abuse.
The AG’s office is asking victims from all the places/institutions and all the alleged criminals that have literally gotten away with soul murder. Hopefully, the AG’s office will be able to take further steps to expose the criminals and the criminal institutions that aided and abetted the perps.
While your specific abuse may have happened so long ago that there is no criminal or civil charges you can file, by your identifying perps and complicit institutions now, other victims may gain the courage to come forward once they realize they were not the only one abused by their perp. Additionally, we anticipate there are many institutions over the years that have hidden cases of child sex abuse when it happened and with the children they were supposed to be protecting. The perps and the institutions need to be held accountable for the damage that happened.
Whistle: Fr. Tom Doyle's Steadfast Witness For Victims Of Clerical Sexual Abuse
by Robert Blair Kaiser
Available on Amazon
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