Yesterday, Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (whose ties to the Catholic lobby run marrow deep), proposed the creation of a fund to provide “relief” to victims of child sexual abuse. This purported solution is woefully inadequate and is, in fact, just a continuation of the Church’s decades-long cover-up as described in stunning detail by the Grand Jury’s lengthy report.
First, a fund will allow the Church to continue to conceal the identities of the perpetrators and the men who continue to protect them. Only through the discovery tools afforded by civil litigation will the public ever know the names of the criminals who continue to pose a clear and present threat to our children.
Therefore, a fund will do nothing to keep today’s children safe. Only through a litigation process can the identities of the wrongdoers become known. Don’t be fooled by the propaganda the Church and its allies continues to put out there. These are the same arguments the Church trotted out in California and elsewhere. They were rejected by lawmakers there and the Pennsylvania legislature should do the same.
Pennsylvania’s survivors deserve justice not more cover-up. Scarnati’s cynical proposal must be rejected.