February 11, 2006

Church targets abuse bills

Rocky Mountain News

By Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News
February 11, 2006

Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald was puzzled. In 2003, a sex-abuse bill in California passed without a peep from anybody. Her bill, based on California's, has provoked nearly all-out war with the Archdiocese of Denver.

So on Thursday morning she punched in a call to John Burton, the former California senate president pro-tem, who had carried the bill.

"Hey, John," Fitz-Gerald said. "Remember when you told me how your bill got passed 'zero to nothing' (overwhelmingly)? Did you ever have a letter read in every church in California about what a terrible thing you're doing?

"No? The Catholic Church in California didn't fight it at all? Well, I guess you can't give me any advice."

Posted by kshaw at February 11, 2006 09:08 AM