By now, everyone has read about the horrendous development in Pennsylvania concerning the Catholic church and the abuses of Priests with children that’s been documented in a 900 page Grand Jury report.
The report documents over a time period of 70 years, that more than 1000 children, boys and girls, were raped by some 300 priests. Of course, these abuses were covered up by the church itself and as usual, the offenders were just transferred out of the parish where the abuses occurred to another parish, where they continued their criminal activity.
What’s sad is that there is almost nothing that the State of Pennsylvania can do right now as most of the cases documented have exceeded the statute of limitations on rape or the offenders have died. In fact, only 2 of the 300 documented could today be prosecuted for rape and child abuse.
What’s worrisome is that the Grand Jury, in the report, states that the more than 1000 cases are probably not all of them and that the abuse may extend to 1000’s more. That’s just in a single state.
The Catholic Church has paid out 100’s of millions of dollars over the past few decades settling child abuse/rape cases. There have been a few (very few) that have actually been imprisoned. But to discover the extent of this abuse in a single state is more than horrifying.
We can do something about this however:
States should revise their laws on rape, ending any statute of limitation.. Rape meaning anyone, a child or adult, and legislate harsh sentences for those convicted, a minimum of 20 years in prison, a maximum of life.
The Federal Government should legislate an end to the statute of limitation on rape as well and in that legislation convince the states that refuse the above that it’s in their best interest by withholding federal dollars, highway funding always seems like a good incentive, if they have not passed this legislation within 1 year.
Lastly, I’d like to see the other 49 states attorney’s general impanel grand juries to investigate as Pennsylvania has done. Let’s find out what the extent of this criminal activity is has has been.
Let’s open the curtains on these vampires that prey on children. They need to be shown for who they actually are: not a religious institution, but an organized crime family.