Archive for March 10th, 2016

Vatican event calls for boosting women’s roles in the world and the Church / National Catholic Reporter

A recent Vatican conference heard strong calls for female empowerment in a world in which gender discrimination remains widespread, and in which, as one speaker put it, there are places where sexual violence and social bias is so pervasive that ‘it’s better to be a cow than a girl.’

“As part of that picture, speakers pressed the Catholic Church to live up to its own talk about the importance of women, moving from an ‘occasional’ to a ‘habitual’ commitment to seeing women in leadership positions, even if not as ordained priests.

“The gathering took place in the Casina Pio IV, home of the Pontifical Academy for Science, and marked the third consecutive year the Vatican staged an event in conjunction with the United Nations-sponsored International Women’s Day.

There were no Vatican officials in the lineup, but rather Catholic leaders and activists from around the world.”

By Ines San Martin, — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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No statute of limitations for abuse / York Daily Record

The allegations contained in a grand jury report about child sexual abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese are beyond appalling. They are horrifying.

“For decades, the grand jury found, priests in the diocese sexually abused hundreds of children. Two bishops covered up the abuse, transferring priests accused of abusing children to other parishes. The grand jury found a shocking, and documented, pattern of criminal behavior that is simply unimaginable. That an institution that claims moral authority would behave so immorally is more than unsettling. It is terrifying.

“And yet, that wasn’t even the worst of the grand jury report. The worst is that, despite the evidence, authorities and victims had no recourse. The statute of limitations has expired for prosecuting any of the cases and for victims to seek recompense in civil court.”

By the York Daily Record Editorial Board on — Click here to read the rest of this editorial.

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They Knew and They Let It Happen


Many have already read this excellent Inquirer editorial but I wanted to post just in case someone missed it. Click here to read: “Time can’t heal sexual abuse by priests,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board, March 8, 2016

Excerpt: The grand jury recommended lifting the statute of limitations for sexual offenses against children and suspending the statute of limitations to file sexual abuse civil suits. Those are good steps. Some crimes are too heinous to ever avoid prosecution, or deny victims restitution.

Editor’s note: The grand jury in Philadelphia also made the same recommendation as above. Yet supportive Pennsylvania law makers face a huge battle. The PA Catholic Conference,  insurance lobbyists and the chair of the House Judicial Committee work hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. Please call, your state representative and senator today and let them know what you want. If you don’t know how to reach…

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