According to a poll, one in three employees of the Catholic Church say sex abuse or misconduct is "still a major problem" inside the church, including more than half of nuns polled. More than half of diocesan priests and three out of four nuns would not allow a child family member to go on an overnight retreat supervised by a clergy member. NBC New York’s Chris Glorioso reports.
Claims of years-ago abuse of youths by Diocese of Rockville Centre personnel should be dismissed because the state law lifting the statute of limitations is unconstitutional, the diocese says in court papers, according to one of its attorneys.
Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer at the White Plains law firm Marsh that she said had filed about a dozen claims against the diocese, said in an interview that it was unusual to suspend statutes of limitations, but argued that case law allowed for it for several reasons, including to remedy injustice.
A Roman Catholic diocese wants the New York supreme court to throw out new lawsuits filed by childhood sex abuse survivors, challenging the constitutionality of a groundbreaking law that lets survivors sue no matter how much time has passed.
But the Rockville Centre’s filing argues that the Child Victims Act violates the New York state constitution’s due process clause. Survivors could have sued before the statute of limitations on the abuse ran out, the motion also argues.
The diocese’s opposition to the Child Victims Act breaks with the Catholic Bishops ...
The Rockville Centre Catholic diocese on Long Island sued to challenge the constitutionality of New York's Child Victims Act, the year-long legislation that opens the legal recourse door for those who say they were sexually abused.
Jennifer Freeman, of New York-based Marsh Law, thinks this effort will fail.
"This is absurd. There's no constitutional right to a statue of limitations," Freeman said. "The Child Victims Act was put into place to help end the plague of child sex abuse in New York."
For attorneys like Freeman the anonymity judgment was another ...
Long Island Catholic leaders are challenging a key state law against sexual abuse in legal papers filed Wednesday in Nassau County Supreme Court.
The 79-page motion “respectfully moves the court” to dismiss dozens of sexual abuse claims brought against the Rockville Centre diocese since the Child Victims Act went into effect in August.
Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer whose firm represents dozens of alleged victims, slammed the church for the move.
“They are now decisively moving to shield predators and hide the heinous crimes that occurred under their watch," ...
The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed papers Tuesday in Nassau County Supreme Court against the act, which changed the statute of limitations for child sex crimes and opened up a year-long window where any child sex abuse victim can file a claim against their abuser, regardless of when the alleged crime happened.
Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer with the Marsh Lawfirm that focuses on child sex abuse and pornography cases, said her firm has at least 200 clients with new claims against the Catholic Church.
“They will lose because the court needs to show the legislature ...
PLATTSBURGH — The day M.G. turned 23, he lost the chance to sue his childhood abuser. Now, nearly three decades later, the Child Victims Act has returned his voice.
In his lawsuit against what was once St. John’s Church and Academy in the city of Plattsburgh, as well as the Diocese of Ogdensburg, M.G. is suing for negligence, no apportionment of liability and outrage and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
M.G. said he had been sexually abused in his mid-teens by former St. John’s priest Father Thomas Squires, who is named in the suit, and, with the ...
Rochester, N.Y. — Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - For about five hours, sex abuse survivors and attorneys lobbed questions at Bishop Salvatore Matano as well as the CFO of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester.
It was the first meeting of the creditors in the diocese's bankruptcy case, which was filed last month after being slapped with dozens of sex abuse lawsuits.
The 'creditors' in this case, is sex abuse survivors. A committee of nine survivors will help settle the cases faced by the diocese.
The survivors and attorneys questioned the diocese over its finances, ...
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Advocates for survivors of abuse related to the Catholic Church are hopeful but skeptical of an independent review that found the New York Archdiocese is actively working towards preventing abuse.
Any improvement in how the Catholic Church treats children is good, according to attorney Michael Pfau, partner at Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis, Amala, in partnership with The Marsh Firm.
“Of course, the baseline you start at, the Catholic Church has a dismal history," said Pfau, who represents dozens of people who claim to have been abused ...
For some, the departure from state court is not a major setback. Jake Giovati, 30, who said he had been abused by a priest at one of the diocese’s parishes when he was about 10, said he believed the diocese was still being held to answer.
“In my mind, filing for bankruptcy is them looking at those claims and seeing them as so credible that they do not believe they could denounce those in court,” Mr. Giovati said.
But many others see the bankruptcy as a circumvention of the justice that can be delivered in civil court and in direct defiance of the state’s new ...