The abuse of children anywhere is a heinous crime and sin. When it occurs by those working in the Catholic Church, however, the abuse is even more horrific. This should never have happened. The problem of sexual abuse is a societal problem that permeates the Church, schools, sports programs and families.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, it was announced on Oct. 1.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the state’s lookback window for victims of abuse to file civil lawsuits until January 14, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Diocese of Rochester (N.Y.) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sept. 12, according to the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester.
New York state’s Child Victims Act (CVA) will take effect on Aug. 14, giving those who say they were abused as minors one year to file a civil suit regardless of when the alleged crime occurred.
Recently, some in the Catholic community have called for the excommunication of Governor Andrew Cuomo and those Catholic members of the legislature who supported the change in the law to allow for the termination of a pregnancy up until the moment of birth.
The New York Assembly and Senate approve Child Victims Act Monday, January 28, by an overwhelming majority.