If there is one group that the higher-ups, the bishops, would like to see silenced... it definitely would be SNAP. And that's what they're going after. They're trying to find a way to silence SNAP.
Punishing Catholics for reporting incidences of clergy rape and abuse is nothing new. There is a long tradition in the Roman Catholic Church, of penalizing/re-traumatizing children who come forward with accounts of sexual abuse, but this has improved dramatically in the US and Europe in recent years. It is likely, however, that In the developing world, children raped by priests are not quite so lucky. Some church workers and priests inform me that the problem goes unchecked in regions of India and in African nations where the church has strong presence.
Dolan criticized a legislative proposal that would, for a year, drop the statute of limitations for filing civil claims for sexual offenses, allowing for lawsuits by people who say they were abused long ago. The cardinal said he was concerned that a flood of lawsuits over abuse by priests could drain the church of money it is using for charitable purposes.
If Dolan is so worried about cash, why does he not object to the paying lawyers to work over agencies that minister to survivors? Are settlements for survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clergy not "charitable" expenditures?
"I think we bishops have been very contrite in admitting that the church did not handle this well at all in the past," he said. "But we bristle sometimes in that the church doesn't get the credit, now being in the vanguard of reform. It does bother us that the church continues to be a whipping boy."
How does one reconcile the crippling of SNAP with being into the "vanguard of reform"?