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Catholic Church Fights California Sex Abuse Bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Making its way through the California State Legislature is a bill seeking to give more alleged child abuse victims time to sue.

The California capitol building.
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Above: The California capitol building.

If passed, the bill would permit victims unable to file a lawsuit due to time or age restrictions the chance to confront their abuser's employer.

The Catholic Church did not fight a similar 2002 bill that opened the flood gates for hundreds of alleged victims.

This time, however, the church is battling hard against the proposed legislation and calling it a step backward.

The Los Angeles archdiocese and other private groups say they have been unfairly targeted because the bill does not apply to public schools.

Advocates say it allows abuse victims who were unable to come forward to finally seek justice.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | July 17, 2013 at 7:54 a.m. ― 9 months ago

and much like the boy scouts, the only release info on incidents that is "stale"

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Anon11 | July 17, 2013 at 9:10 a.m. ― 9 months ago

"Making its way through the California State Legislature is a bill seeking to give more alleged child abuse victims time to sue."

Awesome! Who wouldn't be in favor of something like this?

"The Catholic Church...is battling hard against the proposed legislation and calling it a step backward."

Wow. So this is one of those moments where 'actions speak louder than words' holds true. If you didn't think the church was an institution of child abuse before, maybe this will be an eye-opener.

Catholicism (any religion, really) is inherently manipulative and evil. There's a reason why the Bible is only selectively followed. No one is going to kill someone else for working on the Sabbath. Homosexual marriage is wrong according to Leviticus, which also states wearing clothing of mixed fibers is equally as wrong.

If you can't (or won't) treat the Bible like it's an eternal doctrine, then why bother pretending to be a follower?

I'm not religious, but I honor my father and mother. I don't kill, steal, rape, etc. Why can't we all just take the most positive lessons and apply them to our lives without attaching a specific, all-encompassing label to it. Aligning yourself with religion/political parties/gangs/etc is going to cause you to be put in a situation where you can not make individual choices on individual issues, but rather subscribe to a collective mindset. THIS IS DANGEROUS! Think for yourself. Recognize what is truly good, and that it exists universally, and is not the intellectual property of any group/gang/cult.

"'Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." -Steven Weinberg

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benz72 | July 17, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. ― 9 months ago

Tough to see what the church is basing their disagreement on. I wonder if their new pope approves of their reticence.

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Anon11 | July 17, 2013 at 9:26 a.m. ― 9 months ago

"Tough to see what the church is basing their disagreement on."

Yeah, all that child abuse was really tough on the church. Never mind the children....

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benz72 | July 17, 2013 at 9:52 a.m. ― 9 months ago

"Yeah, all that child abuse was really tough on the church. Never mind the children...."

Sarcasm? I'm not sure if you are disagreeing with my statement or not.

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Anon11 | July 17, 2013 at 10:19 a.m. ― 9 months ago

I don't think it should be "tough" to see the church do anything. They are evil. It's tough to know these children are being systematically abused. It's tough to see the church continue to have power and influence.

That's all I'm trying to say. If you agree, good.

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HarryStreet | July 17, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ― 9 months ago

Why does the bill not apply to public schools? Sexual abuse does not only happen in the catholic church schools. It happens in all other religious schools and public schools, too.

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Anon11 | July 17, 2013 at 12:17 p.m. ― 9 months ago

"Why does the bill not apply to public schools? Sexual abuse does not only happen in the catholic church schools. It happens in all other religious schools and public schools, too."

So work towards getting a bill that does apply to public schools.

In the meantime, ANYTHING that helps child abusers see their day in court is a good thing. Even if it was only targeting public schools, I would still support it.

This isn't about church vs. public schools. It's about getting a law passed that would be bad for child abusers.

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