A vote on window legislation that will allow victims of sexual abuse when they were children to pursue justice that has been denied to them by a statute of limitations that protects predators. The Republicans in the Senate are seeking a course of action that will protect institutions, like the Catholic Church, who have been complicit in the protection of pedophiles in order to avoid scandal and protect the church. Innocent child victims be damned.
Four separate Grand Jury Reports have concluded that there is an institutional culture that protects pedophiles in the Catholic Church. The Republican Senators getting ready to vote against legislation, based on recommendations from the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, that would grant the right for victims to seek redress in a civil court are reaffirming the culture of protecting pedophiles and support for the continued victimization of children and vulnerable adults in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Others have more eloquently addressed what is going on in Harrisburg. I offer a couple of links to articles you may be interested in:
If you live in Pennsylvania, call you senator.
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Somehow it is now 2013. And we are already half way through January. I will admit that the passing of 2012 into the history books gives me a sense of relief. I feel like I have been holding my breath underwater for most of the year. It was a year of personal challenges, uncertainty at work, a separation agreement that should have taken weeks went on significantly longer and the last shallow exhale from the man who stole so much from so many. He made it! He won the race to the grave without being held publicly accountable. He was aided and abetted to the end by the Diocese of Scranton’s hierarchy and the Servants of the Paraclete at the St. John Vianney Center in Dittmer, Missouri.
Yes, good riddance 2012!
We start 2013 with more stories of priests and lay teachers on trial, overly redacted files from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a bishop still holding on to his See despite his conviction in helping to protect a pedophile. Lets also throw the ongoing targeting of American Nuns by a church hierarchy so corrupt and arrogant that they can bully with impunity, while the faithful sit in the pew remain passive.
Here we go again!
But there is hope for this year to start off on a positive note! Justice4PAkids is holding a Jan 23 press conference in the Harrisburg State House Rotunda at 10 am for introduction of new bills for abolishing statute of limitations (SOLs) for sexual crimes committed against children. Maureen Martinez, Justice4PAkids President, is encouraging people to come out and support the cause. She requests that you please RSVP to: email@example.com if you can make it. If you can support this group, please do so. They are really leading the charge for justice and accountability in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!
I am hopeful that 2013 will be a good year on many fronts. I wish you all a happy and healthy new year. I wish you all the truth and justice for which we all seek.