Catholic Church Found to Have Spent Over $2 Million Lobbying To Block Child Sex Laws

in news •  7 months ago

 

In light of the growing pedophilia and sexual assault scandal rocking  the Catholic Church, it is important to remember that not very long ago  the organization was found paying off a lobbying firm to block bills related to sex crimes against children. In 2015, the New York State Catholic Conference, contracted the  lobbying groups, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia  Lynch & Associates, Hank Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications to  block a bill called the Child Victims Act,  which was aimed at making it easier for victims of child sex crimes to  come out against their accusers. 

The bill also sought to extend the  statute of limitations for sex crimes, since many victims are too afraid  to speak out until too much time has passed to prosecute. Between 2007 and 2015, the Catholic church in New York only spent  more than 2.1 million dollars lobbying on various bills, mostly related  to sex offenses. 

This week, the Catholic Church got more bad news, as it was announced that the states of New York and New Jersey were launching investigations into how the church has handled sex crimes within its ranks. Following the announcement, the New York state’s attorney general  sent subpoenas to every Catholic representative in the state, requesting  any records that were kept in regards to internal investigations of  sexual abuse within the church. 

The AG is seeking any and all documents pertaining to allegations,  findings from internal church investigations and payments to victims,  according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation  but not authorized to speak publicly. New York archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said that the network  of churches in the state will be fully cooperating with authorities.

 “It is not a surprise to us that the attorney general would look to begin a civil investigation, and she will find the Archdiocese of New York, and the other seven dioceses in the state, ready and eager to work together with her in the investigation,” Zwilling said. 

Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who is leading the investigation,  said that the growing scandals across the country have motivated her  efforts. 

“The Pennsylvania grand jury report shined a light on incredibly  disturbing and depraved acts by Catholic clergy, assisted by a culture  of secrecy and cover-ups in the dioceses. Victims in New York  deserve to be heard as well – and we are going to do everything in our  power to bring them the justice they deserve,” Underwood said. 

As TFTP reported last month,  a scathing grand jury report revealed that hundreds of Catholic priests  in the state of Pennsylvania sexually abused young children, a portion  focuses specifically on Pittsburgh where nearly 100 priests are accused  of running a pedophile ring where they helped each other prey on  helpless children with no oversight. 

The report claims that at least 99 priests in the Pittsburgh Diocese  were involved in the pedophile ring—nine of whom were not named—and they  received help from local officials who refused to explore  investigations into the abuse because it was considered “bad publicity”  for the Catholic Church. 

The priests are accused of working together in a predatory ring that was ongoing for years in which they “manufactured  child pornography, shared intelligence on victims and gave large gold  crosses to certain boys to mark them as already being ‘groomed,’ for  abuse,” according to a report from Penn Live. 

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Expose the lies and corruption!

this seems terrible to me, it is incredible as with money these people solve everything

Why am i not surprised?
Still waiting for "divine justice". Kind of slow.
Maybe it is time for human justice

We need to get our justice system to concentrate on the real deal corruption that keeps these abuse rings operating. Clean people who are not easily paid off and or blackmailed are key to getting it done so lets hope the next generation can keep their consciousness better.

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