A bitch caught this news bit while cruising through the internets this morning.
Apparently, legislators in Connecticut have a bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. The current statute gives victims up to the age of 48 to sue. The proposed legislation would lift that limit and allow people over 48 years old to join lawsuits filed by younger people. My understanding is that the legislation has no impact on the statue of limitation in a criminal investigation, so we’re talking about civil suits.
The headline of the story caught my attention – “Conn. bishops urge parishes to fight new sex abuse law” – hell, that shit made my Afro hurt.
A bitch’s first reaction after reading the headline followed by the article…
Lawd, have mercy. Somebody ought to be ‘shamed, but that’d be too much like right.
Now I know that you know that I know that you know that Catholic Bishops love politicking and I know that you know that I know that most people know that this latest public display of political organizing by Bishops is about covering ass. A bitch suspects that a lawyer suggested this shit because of pre-existing lawsuits and so forth.
Religious leaders in Connecticut are urging the faithful to get their activism on against a bill that would allow victims of abuse…not just victims of child sex abuse by priests or Catholics…to seek the only justice still on the table.
A bitch’s second reaction after reading the headline followed by the article…
I mean daaaaaaaamn!
Confessional – a bitch is beyond confused about the laws that govern churches involvement in politics. I used to think that churches risked losing their non-profit status and tax exemptions if they organized politically, lobbied legislators, drafted legislation or openly urged their flock to oppose or support candidates or legislation. But after watching Bishops draft amendments to federal health care reform legislation and then get their lobby on with an expertise one usually only sees from pharmaceutical or oil company lobbyists…and noting that they didn’t seem to fear any ramifications from having publicly done that shit…well, a bitch is confused.
Mayhap the notion that there are laws that prevent churches from getting knee deep in politics up in their congregations is a myth? Could that notion be like chupacabra...more myth than reality but hard to completly discount 'cause so many people talk about it that you have to believe at least part of myth must be real?
A bitch’s final reaction after reading the headline followed by the article and prior to logging on to write this post…
I’ve gotta be honest…this bitch is having the same reaction to news that Connecticut Bishops are asking parishioners to oppose legislation that would allow child sex abuse victims over 48 years old to seek justice in the civil courts against the individuals and/or organization that perpetrated and/or facilitated that abuse that I had while reading articles denouncing investigations of allegations of widespread sex abuse by priests and cover-ups of that shit in multiple countries...
If the church put half as much energy and passion into protecting children and removing predator priests from power as they put into defending the church after children have been abused and avoiding responsibility, odds are Bishops in Connecticut wouldn’t be in a position to fear legislation that would allow victims of child sex abuse over 48 years old to seek the only justice still on the table.