March 29, 2006

Abusive priests get legal break

The Columbus Dispatch

Catherine Candisky and Jim Siegel

Victims of sex abuse by priests were livid yesterday after majority Republicans in the Ohio House closed a oneyear window that would have allowed the victims to sue for abuse that occurred up to 35 years ago.

Packing a Statehouse hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, the victims accused GOP leaders of caving to pressure from the Roman Catholic Church, which successfully lobbied for an Internet registry for sexually abusive priests.

"The influence of the Catholic Conference is so much greater than ours; thatís what it comes down to," said Barbara Blaine, president of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by kshaw at March 29, 2006 07:08 AM