The following comes from a July 17 PR Newswire article:
Former White House spokesman Robert Weiner and Katie Schulze, Robert Weiner Associates’ Senior Religion Policy Analyst, have spotlighted a California Senate-passed bill that “could become a national model law” to extend the time youth can sue the Church for sex abuse.
They wrote an op-ed titled, “Sen. Leyva’s (D-Chino) bill would protect child victims of sex abuse” published in The Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino County Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The article supports the Justice for Victims Act, which would allow child victims of sexual assault to press criminal charges against their perpetrator later in life when they are mature and have the courage to do so. The authors contend that the bill would help end the “Catholic Church’s ongoing cover-up of sexual abuse” and urge Assembly passage and Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.
Weiner and Schulze say that Senator Connie M. Leyva’s (D-Chino) bill, SB 813, has already passed the State Senate and is on track towards becoming law. They urge legislators to prioritize this “important” bill to ensure it “maintains its momentum and is passed by the Assembly in August before its adjournment for the year.”
The authors criticize Governor Jerry Brown for vetoing a similar piece of legislation in 2013: The Child Victim’s Act. They state “The Catholic Conference, which lobbies on behalf of the Catholic Church, has spent over $2 million on lobbying efforts to kill various versions of a similar Child Victims Act in New York’s Legislature this past decade. If the Justice for Victims Act becomes law, court costs would be ‘devastating for the life of the church,’ stated Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Church’s archbishop of New York.”
If such a bill is passed, it needs to highlight the public schools where way more child sexual abuse has occurred than in churches.
I followed up on the status of identifying and helping the Victims of the Brinkin Racist Toddler Rape-Porn Ring – and was told there would be No Effort to identify or Help them – because it was too politically incorrect to discuss the Perps, and the INfants were now Non-Entities in service of PC CA.
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Talk about harpies. You’ve been hawking these same articles for years. One bad guy – and you keep talking about him. Why not talk about Monsignor Patrick O’Shea, who used his very ministry and his high office as a way to lure and molest young boys? No mention of O’Shea from you, ever, but Brinkin gets crucified every single day by you, and his friends too who had no idea what was going on.
“Brinkin gets crucified” – Spoken like a true Homosex Harpy.
Indeed – what sets the Brinkin Racist Toddler Rape Porn Ring Apart from others – is the Cover Up by Government, and the Refusal to transparently expose the Extent and Players who covered for him.
Having a week named in your ‘honor’ and No Comment from those who did it, followed by the claim that it was Not Moral Turpitude because (although he used City Email) it wasn’t job related, are just two of the differences between the ‘Normal’ Abuse stories – and the Massive Cover Up for Brinkin and Sparks.
After all – Sparks settled a Discrimination suit about His Hatred of Heterosexual Men, and then was appointed a big $ Trans-Advisor – despite his 100% support for…
Like Brinkin – the Enrique Pearce story is also buried under heavy Censorship, because of his links to the “Kiddie Porn King” Leno power structure.
Were Pearce a Catholic Priest, the media would be full of the story – and unlike Brinkin it would have been news commented on endlessly. However, the SSAD Fact is that it is the Perp and not the Victims or the Crimes that determines what gets told to the ‘Vanilla’ (clueless suburban voters / taxpayers) – regardless of how Racist the Crime.
A Punk from stanford gets 6 months and it is all over the media, Brinkin gets 6 months and His Victims are Buried.
BTW – I found No stories on Pearce since 2015 – any wonder why?
Kathy Baxter of the Child Abuse Prevention Council was one of the only others present at Brinkin’s Sentencing – where the Judger Refused to cite “Moral Turpitude” for his Racist Rape-Porn.
Where was B-1 Bomber and buddies during this travesty?
“Re: Larry Brinkin Sentencing – No Print Story Allowed on Plea Deal & Followup
I appreciate all the work you are doing on getting the Brinkin case before the public. I was not able to get the ABC footage even having Cheryl Jennings trying. I have asked my colleagues in the East and South Bays to try to get coverage also…”
Result = A Non Story – lacking the essential element of Trashing Catholics
Father Richard you are absolutely right about the amount of abuse is much much higher in the public school system of America. But unfortunately this is a very inconvenient truth to the secular progressive left and those in the media that are trying to help destroy the Roman Catholic Church. I have read studies that suggest that 80% of the sexual abuse that occurred in the Catholic Church was of males over the age of 14 which would make it a homosexual sex problem within the Church as well. Obviously this is not just a Church problem but a societal one. It is time America convert and repent and turn back to Almighty God who is a God of love and mercy. Pray the Rosary everyday for America and the entire world. Jesus is coming soon like…
I am so sorry for the poor victims of child sex molestation, by Catholic priests! This is much worse than in any other situation– because a priest is a man of God, who brings Christ to us, in all of the Sacraments– especially the Eucharist! And children are so INNOCENT, and HELPLESS! Instead of focusing on politics, or money— or embarrassment of the Church– the lawmakers, and the Church, should set aside embarrassment, politics, money, and ego– and focus on helping the poor suffering victims, who daily suffer a NIGHTMARE– and cannot seem to heal, it is SO HORRIFIC!! I think this must be our Number One priority– to HELP THESE POOR KIDS, EVEN IF THE CHURCH GOES BANKRUPT!! Or else, stop calling us a “Church!”
“This is much worse than in any other situation– because a priest is a man of God, who brings Christ to us, in all of the Sacraments– especially the Eucharist!”
Excellent truth, Linda Maria!
Linda Maria, This terrible scourge is far reaching. While in high school, our son met a girl whose father said to her, “I don’t want your boyfriend around your brother because your boyfriend has been around those Catholic priests.” The girlfriend was very angry at her dad for saying this and her mother was very angry at her husband too. Our son was so hurt and felt a small example of the insult, humiliation, stinging pain and reminder of what our good priests have had to endure. We told our son that he could continue to take this girl to classes to become Catholic but that he could never go into the house of this family because it would jeopardize him being falsely accused.
My son still dated the daughter but he never again went inside her home. One year later, on a Sunday, while having two good Catholic priests over for dinner, there was a knock on our front door. I opened the door and there stood the father of my son’s girlfriend. He asked me to come outside to talk. He started to cry and apologized and asked for forgiveness for the terrible accusations that he had made against our son and priests. I hugged him and told him that I forgave him. This man was not Catholic and he had no idea that there were two wonderful priests inside of our home. This was especially significant to me because it took place on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Catherine, thanks for your inspiring story! What a wonderful answer to prayer, a miracle!— especially on Divine Mercy Sunday!
Connie Leyva has been a lifetime union member/activist, was rated as 100% by Planned Parenthood, and is reliably far left: typical. You can view her ratings by various progressive organizations who lover her, here:
This bill, which likely will also extend the civil statute of limitations, will be a great “rainmaker” for attorney firms, who garner about 45% or more of settlements (which is what they did in the huge LA Archdiocese settlement in 2007). All that money came out of Catholic institutions for social welfare, the elderly, education, so on. Well done, good and faithful servant, Leyva!
Well, OK. On the other hand, what should we expect from these people? I’ll tell you – it’s one heck of a lot less than we should expect of ourselves, and that apparently isn’t much. The Church has no one to blame but itself for its problems. I guess the good news is extending the statute may bankrupt the Jesuits out of existence. They’ve already paid out some $250 million in (mostly) homosexual abuse settlements. Lawsuits have a way of rebalancing things.
I don’t fathom how using lawfare and the civil-law highwaymen to stick up the Church and effect massive wealth-transfer to themselves serves the common good, least of all the defendants, for whom compensatory damages is supposed to be the goal.
And, the US Federal and state govs love these giant lawsuits, because punitive damages are fully taxable (strict compensatory damages, for medical/psychiatrict/reparative therapy, are excluded).
Taxable to the recipient, but deductible by the payor, so a wash.
Non-profits like the Catholic Church cannot deduct punitive damages, because the do not file a standard income return (technically having no reportable income as a standard Corp or trust).
The idea that the government salivates over punitive damage awards that are paid by nonprofits because there’s no offsetting deduction is delusional. Most of these are structured settlements anyway, where the allocation is made to compensatories to avoid taxation by the recipient altogether. It’s an extraordinarily tough road for the IRS to overturn these allocations. And it’s a distortion to say that nonprofits have “technically …no reportable income,” rather, “technically,” their income is tax exempt.
Ralph, you are mistaken to believe non-profit corps such as churches, in this case the Catholic Church, file an income return, either a 1041 (trust), 1065 (partnership), or a 1120 (corp) return, and therefore there is any “deduction” advantage from a huge wealth transfer from a sake of their listed assets, as you assume.
Non-profits may file a 990 info return, but the Catholic Church, and churches in general are exempted under ITS rules. There is no deduction they can advantageously take. This is one of the myths, a dangerous one, that there is little or no damage to the works of the CC by these hostile and unjust acts of legislation.
As you may guess, I am a professional tax accountant and licensed enrolled agent with the IRS. “Structured settlements” are vehicles of income chosen by the plaintiff, not the defendant, and are still fully taxable by federal and state authorities at the individual plaintiffs ‘ marginal rate. That is of little or nothing of an advantage to the defendant, the CC. Where these settlements are entered into, the CC still has to cough up a full cash amount of the settlement award in full. In the case of the LA Arch’s 2007 $600 million, some ($227m) of the vast amount was covered by liability insurance, but that was exhausted early on. This has entailed the selling of r.e. assets and cemetery assets to cover the rest. Although the…
And by the way, Ralph, you were the one who, respectfully, mistakenly asserted that the Catholic Church could obtain an advantage by “deducting” liability suit payouts. In fact, liability payouts are “almost” never (just say “never”) deductible to the defendant (attorney fees and costs may be, but there is almost no advantage in that). My exact point was that, technically having no income, technically the Church can have no deduction advantage, the way a tax return for income “works”.
I never said the Catholic church could deduct anything. You read into my words. I simply said that as a general matter, in response to an ambiguous statement by you, that punitives are taxable to the recipient, but deductible by the payor, That is true. The basic premise of all of your posts, that any punitive damages are paid at all in connection with any of these lawsuits, is an assumption you’re making.The cases are settled in advance of trial.
..diocese promised not to sell parish and school properties in ’07, the next round of suits will cause it and all dioceses serious damage, Remember, now there is no insurance coverage left, in most of these cases from long ago.
As for the government’s entities, the naked fact is they profit hugely from enormous taxable liability awards. It is a fact. It is also a fact that most people have never thought about that. But, “the power to tax is the power to destroy”(Marbury vs. Madison, 1803).
I hope to dispel your myopic view that this tendentious and unjust legislation is not a clear and present danger to the practical future survival of the CC, snd in some weird way is “just desserts” for long past failures. What…
…kind of justice is that?