New York's Catholic bishops ramp up lobbying against Child Victims Act

New York's Catholic bishops ramp up lobbying against Child Victims Act

By May 7, 2018, Buffalo News

The state's Catholic Conference has spent $1.8 million over six years lobbying Albany to, among other things, derail a bill to make it easier for sex abuse victims to sue.

The Democratic-led state Assembly approved the Child Victims Act last week, but its prospects for passage in the Republican-led Senate are less likely.

The act's most controversial provision would open a one-year window in which victims currently blocked by New York's statute of limitations could sue for damages linked to decades-old abuses. But the Catholic Conference says the act would force institutions to defend misconduct "about which they have no knowledge, and in which they had no role."

To head off the bill and to push other items on its agenda, the Catholic Conference has spent hundreds of thousands a year on  . . .

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