A message to His Holiness the Pope:

by Mark Segal

You’ve said you’re on the side of the victims and yet, the victims are saying these are just words that they’ve heard before. So, Your Holiness, I have a suggestion that can put your words into action: Tell your cardinals and archbishops to support the end of "Statute of Limitations" laws so that the child rapists in your church are brought to justice.

If you’re not sure what that means, here’s the point: Those 300 priests and bishops who were named in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report might not be charged due to that law, and here’s the kicker — there’s only one organization in the state fighting that: the Catholic Church.

 

Their lobbying arm is the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. And its largest supporter is the Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chuput. Your Holiness, put out a statement asking the Pennsylvania Catholic Church not to lobby to protect child-abusing priests no matter how long ago it was, and support the abolishment of statute of limitations laws for child rape and abuse.

Now here’s where the LGBTQ community comes in. It was bishops like Chaput who suggested that LGBTQ people not be allowed around children, and for that reason (they’ve now changed that explanation) LGBTQ people should not be allowed to adopt.

Excuse me, shouldn’t it be, “Don’t trust your children with priests, bishops and cardinals?” Tens of thousands of children beg you not to.

Mark Segal,  publisher of Philadelphia Gay News, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. His best selling memoir “And Then I Danced, Traveling The road to LGBT Equality is a National Lesbian Gay Journalist Book of the Year and available at Amazon and  Barnes & Noble. He can be reached at www.epgn.com

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