We applaud these three brave men for seeking justice and exposing wrongdoing. When child sex abuse victims sue because horrors have been committed and concealed, they help deter future horrors and cover ups.
We hope this move will inspire others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to step forward and pursue justice and prevention in secular courts, not in church offices.
And we are appalled that a Catholic official claims that this enormous, ancient, world-wide institution allegedly lacks the resources to compensate victims. That is simply a lie.