Bishops Lobbying hard

From the Coalition (in support of the Child Victims Act):  Cardinal Dolan is fighting the look-back window by meeting with Gov. Cuomo and Senator Flanagan.  He offended survivors by saying that the CVA would be “strangling” and “toxic” to the church.  The whole child sex abuse crisis in this country is toxic and strangling to those who manage to survive it.  It is a justice issue and protection of children in NY State that we are talking about here..  and accountability of all responsible organizations, not just the Catholic Church.

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan urges state pols to reject ‘toxic’ lookback window in child abuse cases

ALBANY — Timothy Cardinal Dolan urged Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers Tuesday to reject any legislation that gives child abuse victims a window to revive old legal cases. Dolan, who made an unannounced trip to the state Capitol to lobby the governor and legislative leaders, said the idea of a “lookback would be toxic for us” because it would lead to a flurry of cases against the church. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/dolan-urges-pols-reject-lookback-window-child-abuse-cases-article-1.3886210

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What the Buffalo Catholic diocese’s abusive priest list doesn’t say

Victims say it leaves questions unanswered

Bishop Malone, meanwhile, is in Albany, where he is reported to be lobbying against the proposed Child Victims Act, which would extend the statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims. https://www.wkbw.com/news/i-team/what-the-buffalo-catholic-dioceses-abusive-priest-list-doesnt-say

Child Victim’s Act Lobby Day 2-27-2018

Abuse victims rally in Albany for Child Victims Act [Channel 13 News] http://wnyt.com/news/child-victims-act-rally-albany/4806127/

Upstate CTA and NYC Metro CTA joined the coalition of child sex abuse survivors and advocates at the Capital February 27 to discuss the Child Victim’s Act with individual members of the legislature.  After the press conference (see above photo and attached file below with content) Safe Horizons organized eight groups of approx. eight people each to meet with the legislators in their offices.  Each group held a minimum of five such meetings. Our group, which was assigned to visit Upstate legislators, included Call To Acton members, survivors of familial sex abuse, a survivor of sex abuse at Emma Willard School, Parents of a child abused by priests, the wife of a man abused by a priest and a former Olympic Speed Skater abused by her coach. You may view the video of coverage at the time of the State Budget Hearing : http://cbs6albany.com/news/local/child-sex-abuse-victims-call-for-change-on-statutes-of-limitation doc icon Statement-released-at-Press-Conference-2-28-18.docx

Your input urgently requested for Synod on the Family

In response to Pope Francis’ urging that all of the faithful be consulted on topics of concern to the family,           All Saints Parish in Syracuse has provided a way for all of us to give our feedback.  Call To Action of Upstate NY has been invited to encourage all members and friends to participate in this questionnaire.

Please go to this Survey Monkey website to find the All Saints questionnaire:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FPXNCT3

From All Saints Parish:

“Pope Francis has called for wide input to inform the deliberations at the October Session of the Synod on the Family. Our Pope wants to hear especially from those who feel unwelcome in or hurt by the Church. Francis’ Lenten Message calls upon ‘… all those places where the Church is present, especially our Parishes and our communities, to become islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference!’ All Saints invites all to complete an anonymous survey prepared by our Parish, to provide input that we will report both directly to the Vatican, as well as to our Diocese.

NOTE:  The Survey will close on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:59PM.   Timeliness is most important with this survey due to the very tight timelines the bishops are facing.

PLEASE ENCOURAGE FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS – AND ALL PERSONS YOU KNOW WHO MAY FEEL ESTRANGED FROM THE CHURCH – TO RESPOND TO THIS SURVEY. Thank you for your participation! … in faith, hope – and especially – love! The All Saints Parish Community

Learn more about All Saints Parish in Syracuse, NY.   http://www.allsaintssyracuse.org/

Child Victims Act 2014

Upstate NY Call To Action has joined the effort to protect our children by supporting the NY Child Victims Act.  The organizations which have joined the Catholic Coalition thus far are CTA Metro-NY, CTA Upstate NY, VOTF New York City, Dignity/NY, and Road to Recovery.  Information on how members can participate through visits with legislators, phone calls and letters will be received shortly.   

 

Support the NY Catholic Conscience Campaign

 

Protect our children from abuse and support past victims

by reforming the NY statute of limitations for sex offenses against children.

We the undersigned call on all Catholics in good conscience to advocate for reform of the statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors in the State of New York, as proposed in the NY Child Victims Act (A1771/S6367). In the State of New York today, child victims of sexual abuse only have a limited period of time[1] during which they can make a criminal complaint or bring civil action against their attackers. We have learned from the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, as well as from cases in other institutions and in society at large, that victims often need many years to understand what happened to them and to find the courage to pursue justice.

We believe that children have the absolute right to live free from the threat of sexual abuse, and, if attacked, to pursue justice against their abusers without regard to the time that has elapsed since their abuse. We believe the State of New York has an obligation to reform its laws on the statute of limitations to give all victims of child sexual abuse – past, as well as present and future — access to justice by allowing them to bring legal actions against their individual abusers and against the institutions that facilitated or failed to report that abuse[2]. Furthermore, we believe the State of New York must apply these reformed laws to all institutions within its jurisdiction, public as well as private. The NY Child Victims Act does not cover public institutions, but represents a crucial first step toward full reform and should be supported

We call on Catholic leaders to cease their efforts to block these reforms, to stop spending our donated dollars to hire lobbyists to deny justice to victims, and as a first step, to support the NY Child Victims Act, which eliminates the statute of limitations in criminal and civil actions for certain sex offenses against children under 18 years of age. The NY Child Victims Act also gives past victims who were denied access to the court system one year in which to bring actions.

As Catholics, we cannot in good conscience ignore the special moral obligation and collective responsibility we have to make amends for the sins committed by those priests, religious and employees who while in positions of trust abused their authority over our children. According to a recent poll, 70 percent of American Catholics believe that addressing the sex abuse crisis should be a top priority of His Holiness Pope Francis,[3] who has said that the Catholic Church should “act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse are concerned, promoting, above all, measures to protect minors, help for those who have suffered such violence in the past (and) the necessary procedures against those who are guilty.”[4]We believe statute of limitations reform must also be a top priority for the leaders of our church in New York and across the U.S. who, until now, have been among its most vociferous opponents in state after state. We call upon the Catholic hierarchy to examine their consciences, change their hearts, and do the right thing. We also call on all clergy and religious to support this reform.

We urge our fellow Catholics to join with people of good will everywhere to build a society that respects the right of children and their parents to live free from fear. A vital first step toward this goal is the elimination of the statute of limitations for sex abuse of children in the State of New York through the passage of the NY Child Victims Act (Assembly Bill A1771/Senate Bill S6367).

(signed)

Organizations


[1] Five years from the event, or age 23, whichever comes first.

[2] Opening a “window” allows victims of past abuse that were shut out by the short statute of limitations to finally gain access to our courts.

[4]Reuters, April 8, 2013.