Long Island bishop claims proposed bill penalizes ‘only the Catholic church’ / National Catholic Reporter

Bishop William Murphy of the diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., has written a letter to Catholics on Long Island advising them that a proposed bill in the New York State Assembly, called The Child Victims Act, ‘seeks to penalize only the Catholic Church for past crimes of child sex abuse must also be recognized for what it is’ …

“The Child Victims Act (which is also known as the ‘Markey Bill’ because it is sponsored by State Assemblyperson Margaret Markey) would serve to protect children by removing the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse of children and minors. It would also open a one-year period for victims previously shut out by New York’s outdated statutes of limitations to bring forth charges in civil court.”

By Jamie Manson, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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  1. #1 by Patricia McHugh on November 1, 2016 - 10:25 AM

    October 31, 2016

    William Murphy
    Bishop of Rockville Centre
    50 North Park Ave.
    Rockville Centre, N.Y. 11571-9023

    Dear Bishop Murphy,
    I attended mass on Oct. 29, 2016 at St. Aidan’s Church in Mineola where your letter, clearly endorsing Donald Trump, was read in lieu of a homily.

    My question to you is, ARE YOU REALLY CATHOLIC? I love my catholic faith and I am proud of it. It is the faith I was born into, the faith that carried my parents through many tribulations, the faith that exemplifies universality, having sympathies with all, broad-minded, and liberal.

    You are correct that the sanctity of life is of the utmost importance. Why then would you endorse a hate monger? A man who has stated time and time again the murderous path he intends on taking our country. A man who wants division amongst people. A man who defiles women. A man who bullies. A man whose mean-spirited nature mimics disabled people, and whose temperament is unfitting to lead our nation.

    The fact that one is anti-abortion does not make one pro-life. Do you understand this?

    So Bishop Murphy, not only will I be praying for the health and wellbeing of our nation, I will now include you in my prayers as it was shameful of you to use your position to endorse a man who is completely opposed to our Catholic values and mores.

    Yours in Mercy,

    Patricia McHugh


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