Follow the link to an earth-shaking talk by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, probably the most important Catholic theologian in America today:
Dear Friends: We had a very productive day in Albany this week as supporters of the Child Victims Act (A2872-S63) came to meet with legislators to urge them to support my bill to remove the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in New York State. Regrettably, our state ranks among the very worst in all of America for how it treats victims of childhood sexual abuse. The Child Victims Act will completely eliminate the statute of limitations for these crimes and provides a one year suspension of the civil SOL’s to make it possible for older victims to get justice. Senators and Assembly members need to hear from you that you support this legislation. Please follow the link to connect to the on-line petition that has been created to help you express your views. Our thanks to Safe Horizon for creating this public service
Assemblywoman Margaret Markey
Help Pass the Child Victims Act
A pending New York State bill known as the Child Victims Act (A.2872/S.63) will help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse obtain justice in civil and/or criminal court proceedings, and in so doing will help expose offenders who prey on our youngest neighbors.
Specifically, the bill will eliminate the statute of limitations for additional felony-level sex crimes against children, and will create a one-year “window” to allow adult survivors to bring civil charges against their offenders. Currently, adult survivors are prohibited from seeking justice once they turn 24 years old.
Safe Horizon supports the Child Victims Act because we firmly believe that those who prey on children should not simply be able to run out the clock when it comes to facing justice. This legislation will help protect future generations of children by unmasking pedophiles who have evaded exposure and holding organizations and institutions accountable for covering up their offenses.
ROY BOURGEOIS TO SPEAK ON
THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS, WOMEN’S
ORDINATION AND LGBT EQUALITY
AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH 7 PM, MAY 5
Former Maryknoll missionary and political prisoner, Roy Bourgeois, will be speaking at All Saints Catholic Church, 1340 Lancaster Avenue, Syracuse, at 7 pm, Tuesday, May 5.
Bourgeois’ talk is entitled, The Sacred Struggle for Peace, Justice & Equality: The School of the Americas, Women’s Ordination and LGBT Equality.
Bourgeois, a Viet Nam vet, is known throughout the Western Hemisphere for his eloquent, impassioned, and tireless activism for human rights. Bourgeois has cumulatively spent over four years in prison for his nonviolent actions to out the notorious School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Ga. In 1990 he founded the human rights group, SOA Watch.
Ordained a Maryknoll priest in 1972, Bourgeois was dismissed from the Maryknoll order and the Roman Catholic priesthood in 2012 for participating in an â€œinvalidâ€ ordination of a woman and a â€œsimulated Massâ€ in Lexington, Kentucky in 2008.
His May 5 talk is free and open to the public. All Saints is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be served. A free will collection will be taken to cover Bourgeois’ expenses.
The Albany Diocese just announced the posting of a survey on the Synod on the Family on it’s website. Access to the survey is prominently displayed on http://www.rcda.org/
The survey will close on March 26, two weeks from today. The survey is a user-friendly SurveyMonkey product.