Catholic Church Fails To Stop New Yorks LookBack Window (For Sexual Assualt And Rape Victims)

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I am a believer in the divine, this I cannot deny but I am no fan of the institutions built around preserving the dignity of my belief because they often do the opposite, and when it comes to the Catholic Church, they have been on the wrong side of history for hundreds of years now.

From the massacre of the 4th crusade and the brutal Spanish Inquisition that saw about 5000 killed for either not being Catholic or being suspected of witchcraft. From the various Roman Catholic Popes who held orgies, murdered fellow cardinals and took secret child lover to Popes like Pope Benedict the 9th who did all the above including raping men, women, children, and even animals all the way in 1032 -1048 it is clear that the church chosen by God with a figurehead who is the voice of God on earth is more about branding then it is reality.

Massive news just came out of New York. As of today adult victims who were sexually abused as children but didn’t take legal action in the required period will now be given a year to sue their abusers. This doesn’t only allow the victims to sue their abusers but also any institutions or organizations that allowed the abuse or are complicit. This 1-year period that will be referred to as a “lookback window” is a massive deal. Several cases have expired due to the statute of limitations (the amount of time someone is given to file legal charges) and in New York, this is a massive deal because, under the old law, a victim could only file a lawsuit if they were under 23. This new law thankfully extends it to 55. This change has been a long time coming. Lawmakers looked to implement this law and have failed to do so for more than a decade. However, every time they tried to do so they would be stopped by opposition from the boy scouts, Insurance companies and you guessed it, The Catholic Church.

The groups’ main argument against this law is that it would create a huge financial burden for them. When this law passed the New York State Catholic Conference stated that the lookback window would “force institutions to defend alleged conduct decades ago about which they have no knowledge and in which they had no role”. Now why now, why did the bill get passed now? Was it a change of heart from all those involved? No, all that happened is now democrats have taken over the state senate in November, the law was passed in January.

So now what happens, well according to reports, hundreds if not thousands of lawsuits are set to be filed with in the first day alone. As we speak the law is being opposed by the Catholic Church and other organizations like the Boy Scouts. The Catholic Archdiocese is already suing their insurance providers to make sure that they provide coverage for the losses that they are about to face. Rockafella hospital (who has a Dr will more than 100 cases brought against him) is doing the same. This is honestly a good move from the Church cause it’s about to get medieval. in 2003 California implemented a similar year-long law and in that time, hundreds of millions of dollars were paid out in thousands of lawsuits most of which were against, you guessed it, The Catholic Church. The paid out so much money that the San Diego Roman Catholic diocese filed for bankruptcy. Think about that for a second. The biggest threat to the church wasn’t satanic fanatics, running around burning down buildings. It wasn’t Atheists using their powers in media to suppress the message preached by the church, it wasn’t even hell fire brought upon by the hands of Lucifer himself. It was people being given a chance to sue those who sexually assaulted, raped and ruined their lives. A victory for human rights become a death sentence to various branches of the Catholic Church. We can no longer pretend, it is clear what they are.

And if you’re thinking this is just an American issue, you’re wrong. In October last year, a major story broke in Limpopo were at a media conference held in Johannesburg on Tuesday‚ Limpopo resident William Segodisho revealed how he had allegedly been abused in the 1980s by a UK priest‚ and that the church had covered up the abuse when he tried to report it. This is a real problem, cracking down on rapists should make your church nervous.

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