this news story tells of an interesting development in nearby Connecticut. The letter that the Conn. Bishops sent to parishes reflects the same stance that our bishops take here in the Commonwealth, namely, that sex abuse reform is a really bad idea for the Catholic Church.
I have posted many times about this issue and those posts are available on the sidebar to the right. a good one to start with is this one:
here are the lead paragraphs of the Connecticut story:
The Hartford Courant
A proposal to extend the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases could have a "devastating financial effect" on the state's Catholic dioceses, Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell wrote to pastors this week, urging them to include a letter opposing the bill in parish bulletins this weekend.
The letter says the bill, now pending in the legislature, would put "all Church institutions, including your parish, at risk," and warns that it could lead to bankruptcy, threaten the assets of parishes even without a history of abuse, and "would undermine the mission of the Catholic Church in Connecticut."
for yet more:
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