Can You Say Hypocritical?
The Catholic Church has asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose son is a Catholic priest to reconsider Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg decision to allow the court records in the Bridgeport CT clergy sexual abuse cases to be come public. The documents in question are from 23 lawsuits that were settled out of court in 2001 against six priests who were accused of sexual abuse. A FOI lawsuit brought by several newspapers sought for the court documents to be made public, the Connecticut Supreme Court twice ruled in the newspapers favor. The Catholic Church appealed the case all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to the Hartford Courant…
The Catholic Church, Lori said in the letter, has received “very different treatment under the law than other parties.” Lori said the church is entitled to an unbiased and fair review of its claims in court and “regretfully that has not been the case in this matter.”
The article then goes on to state…
The main argument the diocese is making is that releasing the sealed files would violate its First Amendment rights “that a church may not be compelled to disclose internal documents relating to hierarchical determinations regarding fitness for ministry.”
The Bridgeport diocese is worried that the fact that the extent that they were protecting pedophile priest will become public. The diocese is going against a pledge made by Pope Benedict XVI. The Boston Globe reported…
An advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse condemned the argument, saying it flew in the face of a pledge of openness in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People released by the nation’s Catholic bishops in 2002 and conflicted with more recent statements by Pope Benedict XVI.
“This kind of desperate, hardball, self- serving legal maneuver not only contradicts what bishops have promised but what the pope has called for,’’ said David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. “Frankly, it’s the same old same old.’’
What a bunch of hypocrites they call LGBT people pedophiles and perverts but at the same time they are hiding their own pedophiles and perverts.