Political Radar


May 9th, 2014

Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, has urged Gov. Neil Abercrombie to veto a bill that would give victims another two years to file lawsuits over decades-old child sexual assault claims.

The two-year window to file lawsuits closed in late April, but lawmakers agreed to extend the time period until April 2016 and to add the state and counties as potential targets. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against alleged abusers over the past two years, many involving the clergy.

The Catholic League, based in New York, is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights group.

In a letter to Abercrombie on Thursday, Donohue argued that the bill "does violence" to the civil liberties of the accused. He said that even though the bill would now apply to public schools, he believes the real target is the Catholic Church.

There are fundamental due process reasons why statutes of limitation exist: memories fade, witnesses die, and determinations of the truth are compromised. The idea that cases can be fairly adjudicated when they extend back decades -- even a half-century or more -- is ludicrous.

5 Responses to “`Ludicrous'”

  1. Guy:

    I do not stand with my Church on this.

  2. BusRider13:

    The Catholic Church is going too far; it's time to stop hiding wrongdoers and think of the rights of victims.

  3. Especially Incognito:

    Hawaii is not part of the Vatican but part of the United States of America...

    Seems if hanneman runs and if wins, we may see a Governor Francis...

  4. Kolea:

    You concede too much when you call the Catholic League a "civil rights" organization. A "civil rights" organization advocates for the right of members of a group to full equality in society, particularly in the face of a history of unequal treatment and discrimination.

    The Catholic League does not represent the Catholic Church. Nor does it have the support of most of the Catholic laity. It is a very conservative organization, run by rightwing political activists, who pretend to speak in hte name of millions of Catholics who are often embarrassed by the crude antics of Donohue. Donohue speaks for the far right wing of Catholic laity.

    His view of civil rights is warped by his prejudices. To talk about the widespread and longterm scandal of sex abuse of children by priests and abetted by the hierarchy is, according to Donohue, evidence of anti-Catholic bias. It is the the rights of clerical pedophiles and their enablers who Donohue wants to protect, not the children of trusting Catholic parishioners placed in their care. Not only does he want to ensure the opportunity to sue the Church is ended, he consistently denied there ever was a problem as the revelations surfaced years ago.

    Donohue wants to protect the "right" of Catholic employers to impose THEIR "morals" on their employees, rather than respect the right of the employees to decide for themselves what health services they wish to use. He routinely denounces Hollywood as "controlled by Jews" who are anti-Catholic.

    So to accept the Catholic League's self-description as a "civil rights" organization is to grant it a positive cover it has not earned. It is more accurate to call it a "conservative Catholic advocacy" organization. Though if you wish to cut through the fog, you could say it is one of the leading expressions of "clerico-fascism" in the United States.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Seems atheist should have no say in any religous say..
    Buddhistic attack from the right...
    May have to applly Sharia law here...

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