NEW YORK: Catholic League Runs Ad Opposing Bill To Lift Statute Of Limitations On Sexual Abuse

The Catholic League today published a full-page ad in the Albany Times-Union in opposition to a bill that would lift the statute of limitations on charging the perpetrators of sexual abuse against minors. According to the ad, the bill is part of a “hate-filled anti-Catholic agenda” promoted by “professional victims’ activists.” See the full ad below. The bill’s cosponsor is openly gay New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman.file-page1

  • Jesus wept.

    • Gene

      That…that is the best thing that will be said about this.
      nothing else could say it better.
      how sad and awful is that?

      the supposed shepherds, have become the wolves

    • Rex

      How incredibly sad that the Church, of all institutions, would fight AGAINST the children. A sad commentary that is in direct opposition on what Christ said: “What so ever you do unto these, you do unto me.”

    • OSG

      Jesus needs to stop pretending that he likes it rough.

  • Will Parkinson

    Oh, poor, poor baby. Maybe you should check the closets to see WHY they’re talking about your religion.

  • Schlukitz

    Of course, they are opposed to a “look-back” period.

    They want to let sleeping dogs lie.

  • JaniceInToronto

    I think Bill has hit a new low.

    • Lawerence Collins

      He must be a buddy of Denny Haserts! 🤔😳😱

    • BobSF_94117

      I bet the bishops are FURIOUS at him.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Absolutely shameless.

  • Craig S

    “their real goal is to stick it to Catholics”….seems like a proportionate response.

    • Librarykid

      since that is what they have been doing to children.

    • Latebrosus

      I know. Reverse victimhood much?

  • Todd

    Gross. It should never be ‘too late’ to report such things if they can prevent future abuse. Shame on them.

  • Butch

    It’s awful when people try to “stick it” to Catholics but it’s OK for the priests to “stick it” to their altar boys. Is that it?
    You know, Bill, sometimes the word “despicable” just doesn’t even come close.

  • The first priority of any institution is to protect itself, by any means necessary. Case in point.

    • Michael White

      I was a member of a catholic religious order. This is the biggest of many reasons I left.

      • David Walker

        Congratulations on getting alive and with a working mind. It doesn’t always happen.

  • Carl

    Whenever I call the Catholic Church a child abuser shielding institution, there are still people who accuse me of being close minded. I think I’m just stating the obvious.

  • Lawerence Collins

    How Godly of them?! Typical anti Christ, GOP thugs!

    • james_from_cambridge

      Well, I mean if you abort all children, who the hell are priests gonna date? Men? That’s gross and a sin!

      • Harley

        Yes. Priests don’t like pubic hair or decended testicles.

  • Billy Billiamson

    If aiding victims of sexual abuse is ‘sticking it to Catholics’, then frankly the child rapists and their protectors have it coming.

  • Jay George

    Translation: The Catholic Church does not want to be held responsible for all the crimes against children that have been perpetrated by its priests.

    • Mark Neé Fuzz

      perpetrated or penetrated?

      • Jay George

        Either way, I would never stop slapping the bastards.

    • RyanInIllinois

      Exactly. Can these folks even hear themselves talking? Because, really, what I hear is: “If you let people bring charges against the Catholic Church beyond the current statute of limitations, we’re going to be inundated with accusations of abuse.” Um, that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of your church, Catholic League.

      • Jay George

        They must have a low opinion of the intelligence of their members. Only the religious, brain-dead stupid or those who are complicit will buy into this line of bs.

        • Don’t we all have a low opinion of the intelligence of anyone still in that church?

        • teeveedub

          In other words, millions of Catholics worldwide.

      • Ray Taylor

        That is Bill Donohue. Always defining xtain values.

    • And anyone wanted justice is really just an anti-Catholic bigot out to destroy the church with made-up stories. /s


    The predators’ pals.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    So much of his BS letter makes the steam come out of my ears.

    The last sentence, about sexual abuse of minors led to jail time for former speaker of the house.

    FUCKING NO. It is exactly because of the statute of limitations, he was NOT able to be prosecuted for his molestation of young victims. He is going to jail for banking law violations.

    • Ian

      Thank you. Thank you so much for writing what I was thinking. I am *literally* taking my first sip of (of coffee, beautiful coffee) the day and do not built up steam yet to really be angry and eloquent.

    • MarkOH

      “FUCKING NO. It is exactly because of the statute of limitations, he was
      NOT able to be prosecuted for his molestation of young victims.”

      Exactly. He should have been put away for what he did. But, it’s typical bully behavior for the Catholic league to get their Prada panties in a bind. The have DESTROYED lives! To Fing bad if they get punished.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        “No one is doing more to address the tragedy of sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic church”

        Things like archdioceses declaring bankruptcy to avoid paying victims as ordered by the courts?

        Things like saying the child wanted it?

        Things like shifting around molesters to help hid there crimes?

        Yeah, no one is doing more than the church, which is why stronger laws are needed.

        • BlueberriesForMe

          “No one is doing more than me, Bill Blowhard, to address this tragedy. I’m the only PROFESSIONAL victim around here. Why doesn’t anyone listen to me? Boo hoo hoo”.

        • BobSF_94117

          In their defense, they’re taking really, really good care of their cemeteries these days.

        • John Kusters

          They’re praying! Isn’t that enough, you monster?!?


          • GC

            That’s literally the least they could do. 🙂

    • ExGayTherapyKills

      My Ad,

      Recently Long Beach Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina (Ha Leam, Da da dean a) said the Long Beacg Police are discriminating by intentionally targeting and convicting innocent gay people.

      That means law enforcement people are making plans to target ,stalk, trap, and arrest innocent people. Then the prosecutor’s psychologically destroys these innocent people by getting them convicted as sex offenders. Falsely accused and convicted these innocent gay people have to register as sex offenders which makes them look like pedophiles and that destroys their reputations which causes them to lose their jobs, lose their families, their friends and they end up on the streets where they kill others or themselves.

      That is proof that some law enforcement people have become evil vigilanties who make criminals out of innocent people by planning, stalking , harassing, and trapping innocent people. That kind of behavior by law enforcement and the people who aid them not only destroys the peoples belief in the legal system but also destroys the peoples belief that they will ever get any kind of real justice from the legal system. God knows the trouble that causes.

      I have respect for law enforcement people who do their jobs to help all people, get real justice. There now needs to be an investigation done to search out and discover who the evil people are in law enforcement who destroy innocent people by planning, stalking, harassing, trapping and oppressing innocent people.

      You are now asking for more money for law enforcement after they have been wasting countless tax dollars on stalking, traping and convicting innocent people, when they should have been arresting real pedophiles, like Catholic priest who rape children. Now is the time for real justice and equality.

    • Waukegan IL

      Illinois lawmakers are now considering doing away with the statute of limitations when it comes to sex crimes involving children, thanks to Dennis Hastert’s conviction. This will now be known as the (new, improved) “Hastert Rule.”

      • Man_in_the_mists

        Considering all the bullshit that’s happened in the House due to the original “Hastert rule”, calling laws that remove the statue of limitations for child molestation “Hastert rules” would be delicious.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Haven’t we heard arguments like “if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear” from conservative quarters in the past? What have you to hide you papist rapists?

    • Frostbite


  • Go fuck yourselves. Or, rather, get your goddamn church into the 21st century, allow priests to marry, and allow women to be priests, and you’ll solve a lot of these problems with pent-up urges your people seem to have.

    • clay

      I disagree that it has anything to do with “pent-up urges”. I firmly believe that it has to do with the selection and retention processes of the church.

      • lymis

        I’d say both apply. You teach people that any sexual urges are sinful, and that same-sex urges are a call to celibacy, and then set up an all-male hierarchy nominally committed to celibacy, and you’ve deliberately set up a morass of repressed sexuality that’s likely to manifest in all sorts of unhealthy ways.

        • clay

          But that system doesn’t just draw in male homosexuals, but EVERY male interested in sex other than in marriage to a woman AND interested in power– bad combo. Meanwhile, the RCC does nothing to welcome gay priests and does nothing to train seminarians or priests for celibacy (or for marital counseling). Meanwhile, most gay priests get off (and then confess) getting of with, or at least fantasizing about, consensual sex with adult men.

      • BobSF_94117

        It has to do with the pent-up urges of men selected for the priest hood WAY too early in life. It’s no accident that abuse rates are way down since the last generation of boys “destined to be priests” has largely passed (at least in this country).

  • Mike Carey

    The only ‘sexual abuse lobby’ in this is the Catholic Church, and they certainly have an agenda, as demonstrated by Cardinal Pell in the Australian Royal Commission. Today, a Catholic priest in Australia was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years for offences committed in the 70s and 80s. One of his victims commited suicide in the early 2000s but his parents were at the court hearing today. ‘Rotting’ and ‘hell’ came up in the conversations about him.

  • clay

    It’s not just Bill in NYC; the RCC was the primary lobbyist against such bills in PA, ND, KS, MO, . . . I’m willing to bet they’re the primary lobbyist against such bills EVERYWHERE they are proposed.

    • They sent Archbishop Chaput to Philly because he had experience in stopping the modernization of child abuse laws in his former state.

      When I meet him, if I do, I am going to give him a large piece of my mind con brio.

      Proud of my city. We were the first to put one of these bastids in jail.

      • clay

        I wonder what would have happened if bEvilaqua had NOT had Alzheimers?

        • I sure would have like to be there in the courtroom.
          Bevilacqua while sane did this:
          He earned a Master’s degree in political science from Columbia University in 1962. From 1968 to 1980, Bevilacqua was a visiting professor of canon law at Immaculate Conception Seminary. He received a doctorate in civil law from St. John’s University in 1975. He was entitled to practice law in the courts of New York and Pennsylvania, and, in a rarity for U.S. prelates possessing civil law degrees, had been allowed to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, though he never actually argued any cases before the Court.

  • Blake Jordan

    So he is admitting pedophilia and catholicism go hand-in-hand?

  • bkmn

    They just can’t stop protecting the pedophiles.

  • drbloor

    Credit where it’s due, Bill Donohue certainly knows his audience, and more importantly, knows who’s buttering his bread.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Chuck in NYC

      Wonder if his pal Dolan had a chance to review it before its release.

  • As big a piece of shit as Judas was in the gospel stories, even he knew to throw away his ill-gotten gain. Guess Kiddie Rape, Inc. will just have to have the money taken away from them by force . . . of law.

    • They are lawyers and Cardinals.

      This report contains the findings of the Grand Jury: how dozens of priests
      sexually abused hundreds of children; how Philadelphia Archdiocese officials – including Cardinal Bevilacqua and Cardinal Krol – excused and enabled the abuse; and how the law must be changed so that it doesn’t happen again. Some may be tempted to describe these events as tragic. Tragedies such as tidal waves, however, are outside human control. What we found were not acts of God, but of men who acted in His name and defiled it.

      But the biggest crime of all is this: it worked. The abuser priests, by choosing children as targets and trafficking on their trust, were able to prevent or delay reports of their sexual assaults, to the point where applicable statutes of limitations expired. And Archdiocese officials, by burying those reports they did receive and covering up the conduct, similarly managed to outlast any statutes of limitation. As a result, these priests and officials will necessarily escape criminal prosecution. We surely would have charged them if we could have done so.

      But the consequences are even worse than the avoidance of criminal penalties.Sexually abusive priests were either left quietly in place or “recycled” to unsuspecting new parishes – vastly expanding the number of children who were abused. It didn’t have to be this way. Prompt action and a climate of compassion for the child victims could have significantly limited the damage done. But the Archdiocese chose a different path.
      Those choices went all the way up to the top – to Cardinal Bevilacqua and Cardinal Krol personally.

      • And moreover, by choosing victims from immigrant communities (often undocumented immigrants) or in other difficult circumstances they found victims less likely to be believed. So when the accusations came (and they sometimes did) the families of the victims were ostracized from their communities. It was diabolical and far greater than just a few priests misbehaving. It was premediated and planned and one wonders if there weren’t other priests advising them on how to get away with it.

        • They pick the odd kids too. The ones not looked after well, etc.

          • grada3784

            Not necessarily. I might as well have had a target on my back. No one ever targeted me, except for harassment/bullying.

  • joe ho



      That guys face just makes it hard to look at the t shirt he’s wearing. Too cute.

      • Harley

        What t-shirt?

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    “Stick it to Catholics…”

    Perhaps if the RCC hadn’t been so eager to “stick” it to young children and then “stick” it to other kids by moving around and hiding abusive priest for generations, this law wouldn’t be necessary.

    This isn’t a case of a rogue priest here and there; this has been systematic abuse in countries around the world for untold generations.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    • Guess?

      They do seem to ignore a lot of it. Matthew 18:6 “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    • Harley

      Where do I buy the stickers. I travel a lot and can hit all the bibles in my hotel rooms.

  • sword

    A ‘new law’…No prosecution of bank robbers, if they aren’t arrested within 5 minutes of committing the crime!

  • crewman

    Remember, this was not just perpetrated by priests — the Church participated in cover ups, helped perpetrators elude justice, moving them from location to location, and when it was clear they were going to lose a case, hiding money/assets or moving it to make it difficult or impossible for victims to be fairly compensated. The Church is culpable and has direct vested financial interest in coming out against this law. What is striking is when faced with a very real decision between doing what’s right morally and doing what benefits them financially, they consistently choose the money.

    • Schlukitz


    • I am a Catholic. You are correct.

    • Rex

      Money is the root of all evil, especially within the Church.

    • RIGHT. This is what separates the horrors of the Church scandal from the “ordinary” Jared Foley horrors. It’s not just that there are bad apples in every barrel. It’s that the Church systemically covered up scandals and enabled pedophile priests to continue to abuse children.

    • CPT_Doom

      Largest criminal conspiracy in human history – and it continues to this day. We will never know how many cases of abuse were covered up in the decades, if not centuries, before 1965. For what it’s worth, my father converted to Catholicism to marry my mother back in the early 60s, and he had grown up as a Protestant in the 40s hearing tales of how priests diddled little kids. Where there’s smoke…

      • Librarykid

        there’s lack of lubricant.

      • Paula

        I think this has gone of for centuries. It wasn’t until the last century it was recognized as being bad.

  • delk

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  • Michael Rush

    Is this an Onion article ?

  • olandp

    Aren’t schools and other public institution required by law to report suspected cases of abuse, both physical and sexual? Meanwhile, churches are “protected” by confidentiality laws. That could be part of your problem Billy.

    • clay

      Oh, but parochial schools are religious institutions, which he carefully doesn’t mention in his lobbying screed.

      • olandp


  • popebuck1

    So, if it’s inherently “anti-Catholic” to object to child molestation, is he saying child molestation is a core component of Catholic beliefs then? If so – good to know.

    • The RCC was castrating boys for musical tones until 1900. Women could not be allowed to sing. Castrating them.
      The last castrato sings:

      • Soren456

        OT, but connected: Read Kingsley Amis’s alternate history novel “The Alteration” for an entertaining view of this.

  • oikos

    “The Sexual Abuse Lobby is Agenda Driven.” Duh. The agenda is to put pedophiles in jail and make the RCC pay for their complicity in the crimes as well.

    • Jay George

      I support that agenda.

  • Baby Dave

    I say this as a devout atheist and former Catholic.

    If ever there came a day when I discovered that I had, either in a moment of temporary insanity or otherwise, sexually abused a child, I would immediately find a gun and a bullet, and end my own life. There wouldn’t even be any thought to it, it would be an instinctive reaction to horror beyond my imagining. Anyone with a moral conscience would do likewise.

    To dodge prosecution for such crimes, and to attribute any attempt to prosecute them to an attack on the Church itself proves the culpability of that same institution. We should immediately demand the Vatican recall the papal nuncio and sever diplomatic relations with that sham of a nation, until such a time that complete and thorough investigations can be completed.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer


  • Jack_Carter_USA

    Donohue is a horrible excuse for a human being and does a very good job at driving people away from the Church.

    • And they are leaving in droves. The RCC does its best to hide the losses by refusing to take people who have left off their rolls but the decline has been sharp.

      • clay

        It show in their books, as well. A serious decline in charity donations masking a much, much, greater drop in general income– even those who have stayed have decided their money’s going to the charities, not the church as a whole.

      • 9 parishes and their churches and schools are gone in Philly.

      • CPT_Doom

        I demanded to be excommunicated a few years ago and was refused. I wrote to the bishops in the locations where I was baptized and where I was confirmed. The bishop in the former location suggested I join Courage – the celibacy group run by the church. He was at least being nice. The other bishop sent me a nasty, angry letter about what a horrible person I was for being gay and how I better get right with god. Then he retired suddenly, less than a month after I got the letter. he claimed it was for a heart condition – nope, he was a molester.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Send him a thank you note.

    • Soren456

      The steady dribble nationally of news stories announcing the closure of parishes and their often historic buildings is testimony to this fact.

  • Octavio

    Haven’t we accumulated enough evidence by now to classify The Catholic League as a dangerous hate group. What does the Southern Poverty Law Center say about this idea?

  • Mark

    Surely they will request a religious exemption!

  • Hank

    In some ways, the League along with the RCC, reminds me of the NRA and NOT holding gun Manufacturers responsible for the damages inflicted.

    • That’s because the NRA is funded by the gun manufacturers. It portrays itself as a lobbying group for gun OWNERS but it only acts in the interest of gun MANUFACTURERS.

  • chris10858

    Mr. Donohue, your actions are protecting pedophiles. That’s all people need to know.

  • shellback

    I think the well-being of children is far more important than your cult.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    So, if this is an anti-Catholic agenda, is he claiming that all priests really are pedophiles?

  • Falconlights

    I would say “unbelievable” but I’m not surprised. Gotta protect the sexual predators in the Church.

  • swirl

    It’s not a Catholic League ad unless the ACLU and/or Planned Parenthood is blamed for something.

    • clay

      . . . or a movie is banned, or a faggot accused, or a lesbian dismissed, . . .

  • Can someone verify if there really is an exception for schools that gives the victim only 90 days to report (that would be wrong but it also sounds made up or distorted, and given the source….).

    • clay

      Guess who’s been lobbying to protect religious schools from suits for inaction? Guess who’s been lobbying for exceptions exactly like that?

  • Michael Hampton

    Yeah! How DARE people want to hold priests accountable for their actions and especially hold the bishops who shielded them accountable for destroying the lives of thousands of kids.

  • Guy Johnson

    Yes, it IS agenda-ridden:

    The agenda is to keep children safe, and to prosecute those who commit crimes against them, priest or pauper, bishop or billionaire, and to remove the loophole that has a statute of limitations. I don’t care if the abuse happened last month or five decades ago – the loophole needs to be closed

    . To actively fight against abused children’s rights is shameful.

  • Gaymurcan

    Catholic clergy have long hidden child abuse; shifted assignments of clergy to avoid penalty; refused to submit to civil authorities; have refused any independent investigation; have not recompensed victims; have been on a deliberate campaign to scapegoat and smear LGBT people (often the victims, both boys and girls) for the crimes of the clergy; refused to adhere to community standards of reporting and adjudication, all while claiming “immunity.” Their church is not uniquely corrupt, as it happens in other religions (evangelical Christianity a particularly heinous example), rather the sheer breadth and scope of Catholic crimes around the world warrant heightened scrutiny. This is not to mention the tragedy and travesty of Catholic efforts to malign, interfere with and destroy victims’/LGBT lives through civil infractions and advocacy for psychologically damaging, unlicensed “repair” programs or outright ostracizing, the damage from which us yet to be assessed. The church has little to no credibility left with which to complain, and taking their “word” of reform will never be truly sufficient. You can’t hide child abuse, get found out, and then claim the high road, it doesn’t work that way, so sit down, shut up, submit to authorities and take your pinishment (which might include getting your religion kicked right out of the country) for *not being trustworthy* with children and families. That fact alone presents more than probable cause.

  • Bob Conti

    Bill, you shameless pork roll of a human being. It’s not all about you and your church. And as others have noted, Denny Hasert didn’t go to prison for molesting boys. Are you really that stupid? I mean, even the judge when sentencing Hasert noted that it wasn’t about that. If it had, the time to be spent locked up would be considerably longer. Like, years longer.

  • Versailles

    Scum! The French cardinal Barbarin actually said during a press conference about child abuse he is accused of covering up/not reporting to the police, “Thank God, the statue of limitations has passed for these affairs.” Of course he, “Misspoke”.

  • marshlc

    Oh yeah, we get the point.

    An organization operating under good faith could have issues with aspects of this law that seem to them to unfairly target them rather than other wrongdoers. And the way to approach that would be to say “We want to see all victims protected, not just our victims”.

    To say “Hey, their victims aren’t protected, so ours shouldn’t be, either” might possibly make it as a legal argument, but is a massive fail as a moral one. And everyone reading this, even very devout Catholics, will see it as such.

  • JustDucky
  • Richard B

    Let see, the people of Albany want to pass a bill to extend their statute of limitations laws for child molestations. Bill Donohue says the bill is part of a “hate-filled anti-Catholic agenda” promoted by “professional victims’ activists.”
    That is rather rich. Over 3,000 priests molested 40,000 boys over a period of a few decades because catholic bishops covered it up internally. If this crime was perpetrated by any other world wide organization, the whole enterprise would have been shut down and their assets seized as a international crime syndicate.
    The Catholic Church is no moral authority and has no right to demand they are.

  • There isn’t a cornfield big enough to hold all these child rapists.

    And while we’re on the subject, THESE are the men in dresses abusing children the reich wing needs to be concerned with!

  • Reality.Bites

    In what delusional universe does he think this ad will help the church?

    • clay

      Oh, it’s not to help the church, it’s to help him fund-raise.

      • Reality.Bites

        I don’t think so. Publishing it in the Albany paper means he’s targeting legislators. But it’s a horrendous strategy. One-on-one lobbying, like I’m sure the actual Church is doing, is the way to go. This public ad serves only to turn public opinion against the Church.

        I truly believe the best thing the Church could do for itself in regards to Bill Donohue is excommunicate him, which is basically what the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee did. He’s a much better enemy than ally.

      • David Walker

        Or justify his existence.

  • Ray

    “Nobody is doing more to address the tragedy of sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic Church.”

    Probably because no one group has been more responsible for the sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic church.

  • Macbill

    We need to teach the children not to share bathrooms with priests.

    • Treant

      I think we need laws for that.

  • rusty57

    If people really wanted to punish the church and bring it to heel all they have to do is STOP GIVING THESE MOTHERFUCKERS MONEY!

  • fuow

    These child-murderers, these monsters in human guise – I am speechless. Just this once, I do choose to believe in the Christian Hell. May they all be tossed in the Lake of burning Sulpher forever.

  • Christopher Smith

    Utterly typical for the Catholic League. Blatant lies, lies by omission (especially the howler about Hastert!), and of course the telltale phrase ‘stick it to…..’ If that’s not Freudian, grin….Just who’s been sticking it to whom in all those boy-rapes?

    • David Walker

      Sometimes movies change things. I wish “Spotlight” would be one of them.

  • Treant

    Wait a second, asswipe…if the priests don’t fuck children, this isn’t a problem for them.

    They do, so I say live with actually being held responsible for your crimes.

  • billbear1961

    You disgusting, vile allies of DEPRAVITY!!

    WE are agenda-driven–WE are?!

    Our ONLY agenda, you power-mad FRAUDS, is JUSTICE!!

    You have destroyed YOURSELVES with your OWN deplorable CRIMES against DECENCY!! You need no help from others in this!!

    You have revealed–and CONTINUE to reveal–EXACTLY what you are!!

    You are a danger to civilized society, even and especially to its HELPLESS CHILDREN!!

    Leering HYPOCRITES, in sheep’s clothing, mouthing pieties you violate as you VIOLATE even the most innocent!!

    You are the FACE of human EVIL!!

  • Sk3ptic

    Nobody is doing more to address the tragedy of sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic Church.
    My gawd, are they even LISTENING to themselves? I guess this is symptomatic of the current political climate, where candidates have zero filter and people just come back for more.

    • Chucktech

      No, no, they ARE “addressing” the problem. They’re addressing it by shuffling offending priests and bishops to other hamlets and villages, playing shell games with Catholic cemetery care funds to deny victim compensation, running plaintive screeds like this in the newspaper… You know, stuff like that.

    • Hank

      Have they EVER read the Boston Globe or SEEN the movie Spotlight???… probably not!!

      • Sk3ptic

        Exactly! I think they’re under the delusion that no one else saw Spotlight.

  • scorpiomike

    First, if you think a law about child abuse is anti-Catholic, maybe it is time to self evaluate your organization. You might have a problem. Since you refuse to fix the problem or accept the consequences of the problem, people will continue to expose you.

    Second, the ad complains about people and media focusing only on the Catholic Church and then shares several examples where the people and media specifically pointed out the same problem with child abuse in other organizations including public schools.

    I don’t get why anyone wants to continue to claim membership in the Catholic Church. Especially gay people. I am glad I moved on from religion when I was old enough to understand.

    • David Walker

      Your points are perfect and I doubt if the lovely Donna Who would be able to answer either of them directly. And that dance is one I’d consider paying money to see.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    PR Firm for Child Rape Inc™ Runs Ad Opposing Bill To Lift Statute Of Limitations On Sexual Abuse There, fixed it.

  • oikos
  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Pedophiles are disgusting!!! Unless they are catholic priests; then they are holy men that need to be protected from those 10 year old predators that go and seduce the poor things only to sue them 15-20 years latter. How dare they???? – Bill Donohue

  • 1Truth1

    “The statute of limitations in New York State applies only to accusations made against private entities, religious institutions and nonprofits. In the case of public institutions, accusers have only 90 days after an incident occurred to file notices of a claim — the first step in a lawsuit — an imbalance that critics say is unfair to the Catholic Church.”
    -Keneth Lovett (NYDN)

    As a former Catholic, I loathe what the Catholic Church has done and covered up for centuries, but why does this not apply to public institutions? Is there a reason for this? I say if you really want to put pedophiles in jail, then put them ALL in jail. Maybe there has to be a separate form of legislation?? What am I missing here?

  • No one is surprised by this. Of COURSE the Catholic Church doesn’t want the Statute of Limitations lifted. Once you become an adult you can sue the bastards! Think of all the people who will empty their fat coffers!

    • Mr. G.

      And the folks who engaged in conspiracy to conceal the crimes and transfer the offenders to other locations to repeat might end up having the whole organization outlawed under RICO laws.

  • edrex

    Couldn’t you at least PRETEND to have read the red letter parts in the New Testament?

    • David Walker

      You mean that’s not a publishing error? I thought, since it was just those few couple of pages, the typesetter or layout guy made a mistake. Or got drunk and though it would be funny.

  • dcurlee

    “Their real goal is to stick it to Catholics”. No that what has gotten the Catholics in trouble sticking it to little boys

    • David Walker

      And does Donna Who really want to imply that there are no other child abusers, that the catholic church owns the patent?

      • There is child sexual abuse in every authoritarian religious body.

        • David Walker

          Ah. The venerable and magnanimous Donna is therefore helping his fellow Truly Religious Types. What a saint he is. /sssssssssssssssss

    • Friday

      And girls, let’s not forget: just talking about the 60 percent of victims that were boys (And ignoring other kinds of abuse than sexual) is part of them trying to portray this as a ‘gay thing.’

  • Necessitas

    Pure evil.

  • jmax

    You’re correct, Mr. Donahue. We do have a hate-filled agenda. We hate pedophile rapists, we hate those in power who would protect these monsters, and we hate lying pieces of shit like you who would excuse the abuse of children just to fill your own pockets.

  • Clive Johnson

    It certainly is “agenda-ridden”: It wants to make dangerous sexual predators accountable for their crimes and prevent future ones.

    • Tor

      Exactly why Hastert got off scot free on his deeds.

  • Nunya D. Bidness

    Seriously? Stop molesting children and you won’t have this problem.
    They’re still pissed that Spotlight won best picture at the Oscars.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Gee, if only they could get their priests to stop raping children, they wouldn’t be threatened by this bill.

    • That is not it. It is the past abuse they do not want exposed because money. Modernize child abuse laws and they are fucked.

      • Mr. G.

        It’s not just “modernizing” child abuse they’re against. It’s the “monetizing” that scares the crap out of them.

        • Perzactly.

        • By the way, I mentioned you on my blog. You are a good Christian and I named you as such. Hope you do not mind.

          • Mr. G.

            Plum, so far as I’m concerned, you are good people and I take that as a sincere compliment. Thank you. No, I don’t mind.

          • Mr. G.

            Got a link to the article?

          • Sure do. If you object, let me know and I will take it down.

          • Mr. G.

            I do not object. Thank you so much for the acknowledgement that I’m being who I seek to be.

  • BobSF_94117

    Agenda-ridden? As opposed to monsignor-ridden?

  • David Walker

    The LGBT Center’s DVD library received “Spotlight” last week and I watched it… twice…over the weekend. I’ve also read “Betrayal,” the book upon which the movie is based. The book had me yelling out loud (Hubs is used to that). The movie, necessarily shorter, is more focused on the immediate goings on, but it’s no less infuriating. There is a scene in the movie in which the Stanley Tucci character says, “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to destroy one, too.” As the Billy Crudup character says, the statute of limitations runs out quickly; the victims don’t say anything because they’re kids, and it’s not the sort of thing a boy would admit to, especially in a working class neighborhood. Another character asks at the end of his silent victim speech, “How do you say ‘no’ to God?”

    There is much I don’t understand about humans, about powerful organizations who cannot admit to wrongdoing. Worse, I don’t understand how an organization that professes love, compassion and understanding prefers to blame the victims of employees’ abuses of the power given to them, and then continue to blame the victims by trying to deflect blame to others…I get it, they need to save their ass. Nixon said, “I am not a crook.” Except he was.

    I understand vested interest, too, but that doesn’t mean that changing the law in favor of the victims is picking on the poor catholics. It means that ANY victim of child abuse would have the gift of time to understand what happened to her/him, to understand that it was wrong, that s/he has been suffering because of hiding it, but s/he would be older, understand, and could accuse. The catholic church is perhaps the largest organization facing child abuse accusations, but so what? It’s not just about the catholics. It’s ANY child abuse. Donahue gives the impression that it’s just another catholic bashing, poor baby. He writes to try to justify something, “…less than 1% of priests nationwide have had a credible accusation made against him. Who can beat that record?” He sounds as if having a child molester in the holy organization is OK, he’s defending the priests. Why in his god’s name are the victims unimportant? If it’s only one victim, that’s one too many. The church was responsible for it; the church needs to own it. The priests broke both civil and moral law, yet Donahue and the rest want to continue to cover up.

    “How do you say ‘no’ to God?” By helping the victims as much as we can.

  • Henri205

    How vile. What a disgusting ad.

  • Old Top Kick

    If “nobody is doing more than the Catholic Church,” then nobody is doing enough.

  • 2karmanot

    “hate-filled anti-Catholic agenda”……so what’s not to love?

  • grada3784

    Any change in the law wouldn’t affect previous incidents of abuse, so what exactly is he complaining about now?

  • Ginger Snap

    In short they want molesters to keep molesting children with no consequences no matter if it’s their children or grandchildren. They just like supporting child rape I guess.

  • Dagoril

    And that’s all you really need to know about the Catholic League. They are pro-pedophile and anti-child.

  • ColdCountry

    “Their motives are not pure.” Well, neither are yours, or the Catholic church’s.

    • Correct. Nobody’s motives are pure. That PURE stuff is Catholic nut shit. Poisonous pedagogy.

      • ColdCountry

        You’re right, no one has “pure” motives. And, why yes, people ARE attacking the Catholic church, because the Catholic church is guilty of some pretty hideous crimes.

        • It is biblical even. As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

  • Robert Conner

    Item #1: Let’s hope Catholic parents and grandparents everywhere are thinking, “Oh great! My church just took out a full page ad protesting the prosecution of pedophiles.”

    Item #2: Let’s hope this is “agenda driven,” the agenda being to round up Catholic officials who engaged in an international criminal conspiracy to hide child molesters and send those good Catholics to prison.

    • And I’m Cute, Too

      From what I’ve heard elsewhere, the “Catholic League” is not the Catholic Church, and doesn’t speak for them or for American Catholics in general. Although, if that’s true, I would very much like the RCC to speak up and say so.

  • TxSE1

    I don’t know why I thought it could not come to this.
    All I can think is – what a disgrace. An absolute disgrace.
    Where feckless thuggery falls short, they are willing to appeal to man’s law.
    Even my gay, un-Catholic, heart feel this one.

  • ETownCanuck

    Archdiocese of Anchorage
    Archdiocese of Boston
    Archdiocese of Chicago
    Diocese of Crookston
    Diocese of Davenport
    Archdiocese of Denver
    Archdiocese of Dubuque
    Diocese of Fall River
    Diocese of Honolulu
    Archdiocese of Los Angeles
    Diocese of Memphis
    Archdiocese of Miami
    Archdiocese of Milwaukee
    Diocese of Oakland
    Archdiocese of Omaha
    Diocese of Orange, California
    Diocese of Palm Beach
    Diocese of Peoria
    Archdiocese of Philadelphia
    Diocese of Phoenix
    Archdiocese of Portland
    Archdiocese of San Antonio
    Diocese of San Diego
    Diocese of Savannah
    Diocese of Spokane
    Diocese of Stockton
    Diocese of Tucson

    This is just the shortlist where there have been successful convictions and in several instances multi-million dollar settlements. and that doesnt include the rest of the world. It’s pretty fucking galling that he’s claiming this is all a “hate-filled anti-Catholic agenda” promoted by “professional victims’ activists.”
    The children are the real victims and the ONLY agenda occurring at the moment is the one to save the contents of the Catholic churches coffers.

  • Mr. G.

    I don’t think it requires an “agenda against the Catholic Church” to want to prevent child molesters skirt punishment for their crime via the expiration of a “statute of limitations”.

  • MikeinATL

    FIFY: “Their real goal is to stick it to Catholics that molested children”.

  • B Snow

    Hey, Bill, by all means, expand the bill to include public schools. But don’t fight against a statute of limitations extension, it makes you look like you condone child molestation and rape.

    Let the authorities go after child molesters in ANY religious community, or any secular one. Orthodox Jews have been sentenced to prison for child molestation. Investigating and prosecuting those crimes isn’t anti-semitic, it’s justice, but nice try on the race-baiting.

    Did you cringe at all when you wrote that ad, disingenuously suggesting that other organizations besides the Catholic Church have had institutionalized cover-ups of child abuse? If didn’t cringe when you write that, and begged forgiveness from God for lying, then you have no shame, empathy, or decency.

  • CottonBlimp

    Had they chosen to address sexual abuse among Orthodox Jews – and no one else – they would be rightly labeled anti-Semitic.

    And if they’d spent the day focusing on the mafia, they’d be called anti-Italian, right?

    The point Bill keeps glossing over is that there’s a world of difference between individual acts of pedophilia and systemic corruption and conspiracy in a huge international organization. Talking about Catholic rapists without talking about Catholicism is like trying to soothe crotch itch without getting rid of the crabs.

  • Disqusdmnj

    Um, how about just NO statute of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor, regardless of public or private or church or age or gender or sex or pretty much anything else while the alleged perpetrator is still alive?

  • Sean Taylor

    “Who can beat that record?” OMG.

  • Ninja0980

    The Catholic Church is about one thing and one thing only, money and power.
    They couldn’t give a shit about protecting boys and girls from predators in their midst or trying to help the ones who survived abuse heal.
    A truly vile group that makes me glad I walked away from them every day.

  • DesertSun59

    Donohue apparently exists for the sole purpose of making sure his fake religion is kept in power.

  • TheManicMechanic

    It’s simple. You target those areas where the problem is worst. Don’t complain if that happens to be your own cabal.

  • Jack


  • JustSayin’

    As much as Donohue is a douche nozzle lying sack of santorum and as much as i appreciate yhe intentions of the people trying to get that statute of limitations changed, I have to say that it, in legal context, opens a can of worms for every adult in the country.

    We all know some pyscho from way back in our history, even back to grade school.

    We all know some hateful soul we knew back then that is today rabidly anti-gay.

    Picture yourself today, and out and proud LGBT person going about your life, and then a knock on the door and a detective from ypur local sex crimes unit informs you that X person from way back when has filed a sexual assault charge on you.

    There all the variations of that. You were older. You were their babysitter. You forced them in gym class or on a scout trip.

    If this law rollback against the clergy goes through, how long will it be before some court case expands it ? Before some legislature decides it must apply to all cases? That is how this stuff works, we have all seen it with the RFRAs and othet hate legislation.

    An accussation of rape or child molestation is different than normal accussations. You are considered guilty until proven innocent by every level of law enforcement and the courts and newspapers will run your name, address and picture with impunity.

    The Internet never forgets and it never corrects itself or apologizes. It makes no retractions.

    Keep that in mind and think how you personally could ever prove a negative from decades ago! You do not have Bill Cosby money or Denny Hastert funds; you cannot afford that caliber of legal defense and what would you use for evidence to prove a negative?

  • Gianni

    Perhaps the Church is afraid that with all the sexual abuse accusations that have come to light, too many of their priests would end up in the slammer years down the road.

  • So, does this mean that the catholic nitwit endorses child rape? Okay. Good to know.

    Dear, FBI,

    I have reason to suspect Bill Donohue…

  • Glen

    What a long-winded and useless letter, making themselves out to be the victim. Ha!

    They’d have done better to put forth the several valid and legitimate reasons that a statue of limitations for such claims exists in the first place.

    These laws weren’t just set arbitrarily when they were written. I don’t know that the current limitation makes sense (that’s for experts to determine). However, hopefully this doesn’t become another case where emotions trump science, reason, and rationality in the law.

    • These laws weren’t just set arbitrarily when they were written.
      Yes, they were. Nobody understood child abuse like we do now. They made it up.

      • Glen

        I doubt they were. They didn’t just pull a number out of their asses.

        Nevertheless, there needs to be some statue of limitation. And it should be defined by experts in the relevant fields.

        General rule of thumb. Don’t trust anyone who cries “Think of the children!” Typically something bad is about to be done.

        • They just pulled it out of their asses.

          You know what they used to do to incest victims, girls and boys, in the 50s? They sent them to kiddy prison with the delinquents. In the words of a social worker I know “We just had no other place to put them.”

          Sexual crimes like we are discussing now did not even begin to get addressed until women got the vote in 1920.

  • Cboulder

    ” their real goal is to stick it to Catholics ” And this is the face of your PR efforts,Wow, just Wow. Some people complain about tone-policing,perhaps your parishioners should start echoing that sentiment.

  • JCF
  • Robert Adams

    I fired off an e-mail to these guys; Here is the text of my e-mail:

    You say “their goal” is to stick it to Catholics.

    No, their goal is to stick it to pedophiles. Of course, if you believe all pedophiles are Catholic, I can see your point.

    But keep in mind, arresting Al Capone was not “sticking it to Italians”

    You guys really aren’t that stupid, are you?

  • Waukegan IL

    Illinois lawmakers are now considering doing away with the statute of limitations when it comes to sex crimes involving children, thanks to Dennis Hastert’s conviction. Thus the “Hastert Rule” will now take on a whole new (negative) connotation, tainted by pedophilia.