Church Vs. A Change

April 5, 2007 By COLIN POITRAS , Courant Staff Writer Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church in Connecticut are fighting a proposal to extend the statute of limitations for lawsuits in child molestation ... Full Story
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ABC

Salem, CT

#1 Apr 5, 2007
What do you say about journalist ethics? The Courant had the Foley story over 5 months ago, and sat on it. They sat on this information, keeping it from the public, from parents of children. The editors and publisher decided to wait until the hot button issues of Gay Marriage and Plan B were being debated in Legislature.(Curiously being championed by Rep. Lawlor)
There is enough blame to go around. But do not think for a moment that the Courant is on some moral high ground. This despicable and sleazey act of witholding a story for more than 5 months, potentially endangered other children, and was a gross attempt at manipulating public debate, will never get the PRESS it deserves.
Who scrutinizes the press? Oh they do.
Greg

Storrs Mansfield, CT

#2 Apr 5, 2007
How do you know this? What is your evidence?
Jack

Bryans Road, MD

#3 Apr 5, 2007
Sure the Courant has an agenda. It's just like about 2 years ago when they had the story on the huge settlement the Hartford Archdiocese paid. The story was run on a Tuesday, then that Friday in a cover story they profiled a church in Middletown where the pastor set up a camera to catch a guy stealing $300 from the poor box. The contrast worked perfectly. Pedophile Priests got away with crimes, church paid to shut people up. Then this Priest in Middletown, who was happy to have a story written about him, puts the screw to some obvious 37 year old man with issues and totally puts a nail in what ever chance of a life he had.
Mike in Putnam

Middlefield, CT

#4 Apr 5, 2007
Thats right, the Catholic Church wants this problem to go away. They don't say anything about their delaying tactics over the years. Yes the Catholic Church must be made to pay and pay and pay for what they have done to thousands of people. May they all rot in Hell for this abomination.
Tom

Durham, CT

#5 Apr 5, 2007
The Catholic Church has no shame and is a disgrace to the word "Christianity". I am totally disgusted by them. Perhaps the Pope would like to share some of the billions of dollars he sits on in Rome with some of the poor throughout the world, and to make restitution to the victims of crimes committed by the Church and its officials? Yeah, right...anyone who believes in the Catholic Church, still attends it, or even has an ounce of faith in them, is completely stupid!!!
ctcitizen

Waterbury, CT

#6 Apr 5, 2007
...the courant is so far from any high moral ground, it is laughable..interestig on the delay of this story, so in essence, if true, what they killed sullivan on, this newspaper did...remember, the courant ALWAYS has an angle and politicians who are in good standing use this to their advantage...the courant is a disgrace

..and tom, your post is ridiculous for calling people stupid who has faith in the Church...
Joey

Glastonbury, CT

#7 Apr 5, 2007
Time for the Catholic church to shed it's "cult" status. Allow priests to marry and put this deplorable scandal in the rear view mirror. Think about it, ritualistic eating of flesh and drinking of blood. Religion is a business. I am agnostic. More people have been killed in the name of God than anything else on this planet. It's sick, monsters abuse children, Archdiocese just moves them elsewhere.
Joey

Glastonbury, CT

#8 Apr 5, 2007
Let's not forget forget that monster Bernard Law, child molestor extrodianaire was shipped to the Vatican from Boston, he received 1 vote to be Pope! CHURCH IS A BUSINESS. There's no Holy Spook in the sky overseeing everything. A car crashes, a person is in a coma for 2 weeks and survives. Thank God. Nobody blames God for the accident happening.
perplexed

Hartford, CT

#9 Apr 5, 2007
Tom - I agree with you. The church covers up these disgusting crimes for years and years, shuffling priests from one parish to another, and then doesn't want the statute of limitations extended. Why not? If the priests have nothing to be ashamed of, they will not be found liable. A plaintiff does have to prove a claim before he can win. <P>
For years this church has lied, cheated, mislead, victimized the weak, turned its back on those in need, protected the guilty, and made a mockery of God. Anyone who still has faith in the Catholic church does not truly know the bible and what it stands for. The Catholic church does NOT adhere to the bible or to the teachings of Christ. Other than brainwashing, I can't understand how or why anyone supports such a corrupt institution. It is shameful.
mac

Lebanon, CT

#10 Apr 5, 2007
Tom wrote:
The Catholic Church has no shame and is a disgrace to the word "Christianity". I am totally disgusted by them. Perhaps the Pope would like to share some of the billions of dollars he sits on in Rome with some of the poor throughout the world, and to make restitution to the victims of crimes committed by the Church and its officials? Yeah, right...anyone who believes in the Catholic Church, still attends it, or even has an ounce of faith in them, is completely stupid!!!
Tom you obviously have issues. There are victums of sexual abuse committed by Rabbis, Evangelicals, Hindus, Moslem clergy. That doesn't make all of the clergy guilty it is only a few. The reason that we only hear about the Catholic clergy is that the Church is a large organization, which allows bigots like you to target it.
Holiday

Hartford, CT

#11 Apr 5, 2007
The Catholic church is totally wrong for testifying against this bill that would help victims of child sex abuse. If anything they should be testifying FOR it.

In my humble opinion, there shouldn't be a statute of limitations at all in cases of child sex abuse.
Teresa

Newburgh, NY

#12 Apr 5, 2007
I totally agree with Holiday from Hartford...Statue of limitations are you kidding me?
Disgusted

Hartford, CT

#13 Apr 5, 2007
Here we go again..the Church more interested in running out the clock, and saving money, than they are over the lifetime of damage inflicted on its victims. The Catholic League and its big mouth in NYC can shout about a chocolate Jesus..but doesn't say pip about the abuse. Carl Anderson, grand wizard of the Knights of Columbus, sitting atop his tower in New Haven overseeing a multi-billion dollar insurance company, non-profit of course, stands smiling for the press by the casket of a dead priest, but doesn't lift a finger or say a word or a prayer over his church's abuse...Oh, and they'll fight Plan B for rape victims..but never say a word for sex victims. What a duplicitous dishonest bunch. Pass the law and never have it sunset..and let them sell some of their property, their money making tax exempt organizations and all the rest to pay these poor victims.
Rayver

Warren, NJ

#14 Apr 5, 2007
I don't think there should be a statute of limitations. If the crime was commited then there should be NO loop-hole to not be punished for it. The whole concept of that is unjustice.
You Noticed

Portland, CT

#15 Apr 5, 2007
Don't Worry...The LAWYERs will keep things going.
with held

East Hartford, CT

#16 Apr 5, 2007
perhaps if priests would stop molesting children, the church wouldnt have to worry about this.
Holiday

Hartford, CT

#17 Apr 5, 2007
Yeah, You Noticed, just like the Catholic church chancellor who testified yesterday, it is the lawyers' fault for priests sexually molesting little kids.

Right.

*big eye roll*
Emm

Lutz, FL

#18 Apr 5, 2007
Can anyone bring me up to date on why criminal charges were not brought against Steve Foley for criminal acts?
Tony

Warrendale, PA

#19 Apr 5, 2007
mac wrote:
<quoted text>
Tom you obviously have issues. There are victums of sexual abuse committed by Rabbis, Evangelicals, Hindus, Moslem clergy. That doesn't make all of the clergy guilty it is only a few. The reason that we only hear about the Catholic clergy is that the Church is a large organization, which allows bigots like you to target it.
That's the problem, the Church thinks they allow. This is America! And, even if people like you choose to be led blindly which is your right in the greatest country in the world, Americans will not feel bad about using their right to free speech. The Mayflower came here to escape an iron fisted Church and we will never go back to that.
ABC

Hartford, CT

#20 Apr 5, 2007
What vitriolic. The Catholic Church is not made up of all pedophiles. In fact, the Catholic Church is made up of a very diverse group of people who help so many people, advances the cause for the poor and powerless, and has enriched our world. The lawyers and in some cases the victims are eager to go after the supposed deep pockets of the Catholic people. I wonder would they be going after "Uncle Bubba" who lives in a trailer? Given that there are statistically more molesters from families and close friends, will the laywers be interested in punishing them?
Or is the motive for all this to harm the Catholic Church?

Well the only people you are going to ultimately harm will be good Catholics who had nothing to do with the abuse and cover up, and the people the church helps through its many social outreach programs. Do 2 wrongs make a right?

The Catholic Church in the United States has instituted a program, Protecting God's Children, raising the awareness of sexual abuse for all. Background checks are required of everyone who works with youth and children, mandatory instruction, and policy that governs all youth activities and participants.

By some of the venemous comments on this blog, one can see there are more than a few people with an ax to grind against the Catholic Church. Some would prefer that the Church would just disappear. Well that is not going to happen.

Extension of the statutes would benefit a small group of people, not the least of which are the laywers, and a group of victims. Get the victims the counseling they need. But the money that would be paid out in punitive damages, would hardly heal the victims and would do great harm to the works of charity done.

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