Saturday, May 8, 2010

SNAP charges that Catholic lobbyists threatened lawmaker

SNAP charges that Catholic lobbyists threatened lawmaker
May 07, 2010
Victims' rights advocates in Wisconsin have charged that lobbyists for the Catholic Church threatened that a state senator would be denied Communion if he supported a bill to extend the statute of limitations for sex-abuse cases. The legislator said the charge was "categorically untrue."

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) circulated an email message from a former lawmaker who claimed that Senator Jim Sullivan feared he would be barred from Communion if he backed the legislation. "I really object to the characterization," Sullivan said. He continued:

“This was a bill that was focused almost entirely on opening up a raft of new lawsuits specifically against the Catholic Church. I thought it was inequitable."

SNAP was disappointed that state legislators failed to vote on the proposed bill. The group held a press conference outside Sullivan's parish church, charging that Catholic lobbyists were exerting pressure on lawmakers to scuttle the bill.

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