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

Let’s rally for Women on Saturday. 10:00am at the Cathedral!

It seems like the Catholic Hierarchy can motor on indefinitely without any observable recognition of women in the Church. We might say the very same things about all baptized in this Church. In spite of Vatican II, in spite of everything learned from history, in spite of our understanding of human development the Church continues to cast a blind eye toward women as anything but silent partners in the governing of the Roman Catholic Church to say nothing of the overwhelming need for a pastoral presence for those in need.

Join us this Saturday am at the Cathedral for a Witness for Women as we stand for inclusion of all the baptized in the working and manifestation of the Roman Catholic Church.  We have done this before and we will persist in making a public statement in the only way open to us, by offering our witness to the fact that women should be ordained in our Church.

Join us on Saturday at 10:00am in front of the Cathedral.  Bring a sign able to be seen from a distance.  We will be present from 10:00 am till 11:00 when the Ordination will begin.  We have some signs for people.

Please let Bill and Ellen Halligan know if you can join us.  Call them at 518- 462-2299. Or send a quick message to them at whalligan@earthlink.net

Nuns on the Bus Coming to Rochester and Albany

Come See the Nuns on the Bus

NETWORK

We’re Coming to New York!

In just a few days, NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus will be visiting your area on our journey to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In an election year, it’s crucial that our message to Mend the Gaps in income and wealth inequality in our nation be heard and heeded. We hope you’ll join us in New York!

Site Visit
Wednesday, July 20
3:30 PM

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center
417 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620

Caucus to Mend the Gaps
Wednesday, July 20
7:00 PM

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
(in the Refectory)
1100 S Goodman Street Rochester, NY 14620

Rally
Thursday, July 21
12:00 Noon

New York State Capitol
West Capitol Park
State Street
Albany, NY 12210

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Our goal is to bring a politics of inclusion to divided places, change the conversation to mending the vast economic and social divides in our country, and counter political incivility with our message of inclusion.

Pope Francis has said, “a healthy politics is sorely needed.” View our schedule and RSVP to join us on this journey.

Can’t make it? There are other ways to get involved:

See you there,

Sister Simone Campbell
Executive Director

P.S. We’re sending these announcements to everyone in a state with a bus event or within two hours of an event — which means you may end up receiving more than one email. We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but wanted you to know about all our stops near you.