Catholic Church balks at child abuse law that lengthens time to sue


A bill weaving through the California Legislature that would give alleged victims of child abuse more time to sue is raising red flags with the Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, along with several other private groups, say the bill unfairly targets them because it exempts public schools, The Associated Press reported.

The bill opens the doors to more lawsuits. It changes existing laws that restrict — by age or time — alleged child abuse victims from suing. The bill would also let alleged victims confront their abuser’s employer, AP said.

The Catholic Church didn’t try to stop a similar bill that was introduced in 2002. But now, church officials are calling the measure a step back in time and are fighting its passage, AP reported.

Source: The Washington Times