A Gross Miscarriage of Justice

How would you like to be found guilty for acts by another person, committed decades ago? Well, all you have to do is become Catholic – and then you’ll find that even if you never did anything wrong (and weren’t even around at the time) you are guilty:

From Delaware Online: Jury faults Delaware parish in sex abuse

In a ruling that likely will have far-reaching implications for about 150 priest sex abuse cases pending or tied up in bankruptcy court, a jury found that St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic parish was grossly negligent in its failure to properly supervise then-priest Francis DeLuca and is responsible for at least $3 million of $30 million in damages awarded to John M. Vai, who repeatedly was molested as a teenager in the 1960s.

Yes, you read that right. A jury has found an entire parish to be at fault for a case of sexual abuse by a priest. According to this ruling, hypothetically speaking, if you are a member of a parish that has ever had a priest convicted of sexual abuse, you are at fault for it…

Do keep in mind that a child is far more likely to be abused by a public school teacher than a priest – and then consider that if someone abuses a child in your local school, you are responsible for it, at least as far as this ruling goes. Additionally, am I the only person who wonders how valid a judgment can be made about events alleged to have occurred decades ago?

What started out as a terrible scandal where the leaders of the Church made egregious errors in dealing with sexual abuse has now become a mere implement to persecute the church and enrich trial lawyers. Enough is quite enough on this – looting the Church has been a common past-time among some for four hundred years and it is time to call a halt to this. Even if you’re not Catholic, do remember that they’ll be coming after you, next. If such a ruling stands, then any group which can be connected with anyone who did a crime will become deep pockets for anyone who wishes to steal some money via the courts.

Justice requires that anyone who broke the law go to jail – though, in most of these cases, the priests in question are long retired, or even deceased. There can be a case made that anyone who suffered abuse should have their psychological and spiritual counseling over the matter to be paid for. Beyond that, its either looting or persecution, and there should be no place for that in the United States of America.

(Note to liberals: The issue to be discussed here is this issue. Any attempt to re-hash the whole Scandal in the Church or drag in absurd accusations won’t fly, so don’t bother.)