They pay their zealous lobbyists millions to avoid reporting abuse and to keep the statutes of limitations too short for their victims to get to trial. Whether it is desperation or a moral vacuum that would lead to such tactics does not matter. They are wrong.
The American bishops have sent a strong message recently that they intend to continue to resist civil justice and to keep their victims under wraps with their selection of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan as their new leader. This is the man who personally testified in the Wisconsin legislature against child sex abuse statute of limitations legal reform. And here is what he said about his selection to lead the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the New York Times:
"My major priority would be to continue with all vigor I can muster what's already in place," Archbishop Dolan said. "It's not like we're in crisis; it's not like all of a sudden we need some daring new initiatives."
That is, of course, precisely what they need.