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Catholic, Orthodox Jewish leaders fight New York statute-of-limitations change

March 12, 2009

Orthodox Jewish officials and the New York Civil Liberties Union have joined Catholic leaders in opposing legislation that would lift the statute of limitations on clerical abuse cases for one year. “We believe this bill is designed to bankrupt the Catholic Church,” said Dennis Poust of the New York State Catholic Conference. Cardinal Edward Egan of New York and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn have visited the state capital this week to lobby against the measure. Under current legislation, victims of childhood sexual abuse have until age 23 to seek legal redress.

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