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Sen. Chuck Schumer pushes to extend statute of limitations for sex crimes victims

The sands of time should not protect sexual predators, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday.

The New York Democrat has added a provision to his Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016 that would extend the statute of limitations in federal civil cases for victims of sexual abuse, sex trafficking and other crimes related to child pornography.

The Catholic Church’s defiance and obstruction on child sex abuse

 April 19, 2016

IN THREE years at the helm of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has been a source of inspiration for millions of faithful around the world. In one critical respect, however, he has fallen short of his own promise: to come fully to terms with decades of child sex abuse by clergymen and the institutional cover granted to them by bishops and cardinals.

Francis has pledged “the zealous vigilance of the Church to protect children and the promise of accountability for all.” Yet there has been scant accountability, particularly for bishops. Too often, the church’s stance has been defiance and obstruction.

Sex abuse survivor to sue diocese that has reinstated priest


A survivor of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest who has been reinstated by the Vatican is to sue the priest's diocese.

The New York Daily News reported that Megan Peterson's attorney Jeff Anderson is to file a federal lawsuit against the diocese in India.

Anderson will claim in the suit that the Ootacamund diocese has endangered children by reinstating Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul.

SNAP members spread the word at Crookston Cathedral Sunday morning

By Jess Bengtson, Apr. 18, 2016, Crookston Times
The cold rainy weather didn’t hold back SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) members Barbara Dorris and Megan Peterson from handing out fliers outside after Mass at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Crookston Sunday morning.  
Dorris and Peterson had a goal of reaching out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered harm from former Crookston Diocese priest Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul during this employment there between 2004-2005, and any other church staff or cover-ups by church officials.

Protest of Priest planned around Valley this weekend

By Neil Carlson, April 15, 2016, Valley News Live

Crookston, Minn.  Church goers in northwestern Minnesota can expect a protest of sorts this Sunday.
SNAP, the “Survivors Network of those abused by Priests”, plans to hand out leaflets opposing a decision by the church to lift the suspension of Father Joseph Jeyapaul. Jeyapaul was convicted of a sex crime in Greenbush, Minnesota and is now back in his home country of India.

Churches are discriminating against job seekers for being sex abuse victims — and it’s legal

By TOM BOGGIONI, Raw Story, April 15, 2016

Faced with what appears to be an epidemic of child sex abuse cases, U.S. churches have taken to asking prospective employees if they have ever been sexually assaulted based on the belief that a childhood attack may result in the victim becoming an potential abuser.

Writing at the Daily Beast, activist and journalist Zack Kopplin notes the rising tide of churches requesting the sexual history of job applicants as a condition of employment — including porn-viewing habits.

In Our Opinion: Statute of limitations for molesters is intolerable, April 14, 2016

“Statutes of limitations,” according to, “are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a ‘civil’ lawsuit, like a personal injury lawsuit, or how long the state has to prosecute someone for committing a crime.” 

As far as we are concerned, the New York state Legislature doesn’t know a statute of limitations from the Statue of Liberty.

Two lawsuits accuse No. 2 leader at St. John's Abbey of abuse

By Staff and wire reports, APRIL 12, 2016, StarTribune

Two lawsuits accuse the former prior of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., of abusing two former prep school students in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The lawsuits come after the abbey and its review board earlier this year cleared the Rev. Tom Andert, saying the allegations were unsubstantiated. Andert’s name has never been on the abbey’s list of those with credible allegations against them of the abuse of minors.

Sex-abuse bill lobbying in Catholic churches is over the top

By Bill White, April 9, 2016, The Morning Call

The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, part of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, is seen in Altoona, Pa. Two Catholic bishops who led a small Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 priests and other religious leaders over a 40-year period, according to a grand jury report.

We were dismayed to find this letter inserted in our church bulletin this past Sunday," wrote a local Catholic who contacted me last week about a letter from Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres.

Barres' letter outlined the diocese's child sex-abuse prevention efforts — and then lobbied against state legislation that would change the statutes of limitations for such cases, asking parishioners to contact their legislators about its "detrimental effects."

Waiting for justice: Child sex abuse victims push for changing statute of limitations

By Ivey DeJesus, [email protected], April 9, 2016, Penn Live

Three successive grand jury reports between 2003 and 2011 found that church officials in the the Archdiocese of Philadelphia knew about and systematically concealed the abuse of hundreds of children by priests across several decades. The archdiocese suspended scores of priests who were named as child molestation suspects in a scathing grand jury reports. In this 2011 file photo, protestors denounce church officials outside Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke)

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