Catholic Church lobbying hard against child sex abuse bill
Bill White, June 8, 2016, The Morning Call
Go to the Philadelphia Archdiocese website, and you'll immediately be confronted by a pop-up:
"Click here to send a message to your legislator opposing HB 1947."
We are in the midst of a broad Catholic Church lobbying campaign to squash House Bill 1947, which passed the House in April and would eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal cases of child sexual abuse and extend the statute for civil cases until the victim reaches age 50, retroactively, from the present age 30.
This latest effort to persuade Catholics to pressure legislators comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for a hearing Monday on the bill's constitutionality and gets nearer to a promised vote.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and others have been encouraging Catholic pastors to read or distribute . . .