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For the Abused: No Statute of Limitations on Suffering

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Altoona-Johnstown church abuse victims (AP) 

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Tuesday, 08 Mar 2016 12:29 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Another sexual abuse report involving the Catholic Church has been issued, and it makes my blood boil.

Readers of this column know I suffered abuse as a child.

It’s an experience that gives me first–hand knowledge of what these poor, unfortunate children had to endure at the hands of someone they were taught to trust and revere.

Fox News reports Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has issued a 147–page report that covers 40 years of abuse involving over 50 priests.

It’s 147 pages of misery and damage to the lives of innocents.

The abuse occurred in the Altoona–Johnstown Diocese, which contains approximately 100,000 Roman Catholics. There is no count on the number of believers who left the church after their faith was shattered by priests serving a darker god.

The abuse was systematically covered up by Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec.

The details of the predatory priests and the efforts of the bishops to cover up the abuse came from a secret archive the diocese was forced to surrender by a search warrant.

Kane said of the victims, “Their souls were killed as children. They weren't out playing baseball; they were trying to avoid priests."

These monsters defiled the confessional, campsites, an orphanage and they even desecrated the cathedral. The bishops covered up the allegations by playing hide–the–priest and moving them to new areas where they could prey on new victims, “including one who was sent to a school for boys.”

When the sexual exploitation of a child became so outrageous that it threatened to expose the corruption at the center of this church, these vile bishops had a price list for abuse payments to buy silence: “Victims fondled over their clothes were to be paid $10,000 to $25,000; fondled under their clothes or subjected to masturbation, $15,000 to $40,000; subjected to forced oral sex, $25,000 to $75,000; subjected to forced sodomy or intercourse, $50,000 to $175,000.”

Kane described the bishop’s motivation as a “desire to avoid public scandal over the well-being of children." To say nothing of their duty to God and the church.

In the short run one might say the bishops were successful. There will be no charges filed as a result of the report. The 40–year delay means many of the abusers are dead. Many of the victims remain too traumatized to testify.

And the statute of limitations has expired in Pennsylvania.

But there is one statute of limitations that will never expire.

It is called Judgment Day and no one escapes that appearance before that judge.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.




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The statute of limitations has expired in Pennsylvania. But there is one statute of limitations that will never expire. It is called Judgment Day and no one escapes that appearance before that judge.
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