There is much scuttle on the net about the pending release of the Vatican’s new norms of clerical sexual abuse. Current reports say the statute of limitations will be extended to 10 years from the victim’s 18th birthday, others claim it will be extended to 20. Neither is satisfactory. Those familiar with the sex abuse scandal in the Church know well that large numbers of victims do not summon the courage to come forward for 30 or more years.
Why should the mere fact that a priest hasn’t been exposed as a molester within a statutory time frame allow him to continue to masquerade ad infinitum as a holy man of God?
I don’t understand the desire for a statute of limitations at all. I would think that Church officials should be thankful for any opportunity to weed out the wheat from the chaff, whether the allegations date back 20, 25, 30 or 40 years.
Really! Why would “the Church” NOT want to investigate ALL allegations of clerical sexual abuse?
Is it a financial thing? I can think of no other ‘good’ reason.’ Not one.
Enough for now,