GET THE FACTS: On the Financial Impact of HB 1947 ~ #ThisShouldBeEasy

Once you have read the facts below, please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee HERE and:

  • Request they pass HB 1947 without any amendments that would further limit the time it takes for victims of child sex abuse to come forward and to identify the hidden predators in our communities and to shift the burden of the cost from the victims and society at large to those who are responsible for the harm.
  • Tell them you want children protected, predators identified and leave the decision of constitutionality of the bill to those who are charged to decide it- the PA Supreme Court.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia claim that HB 1947 would have “devastating” financial consequences on parishes, churches, schools and social service providers. Let’s consider the facts.

Claim: “Bankruptcy and severe debt were the only options for most dioceses in states with Statute of Limitations windows.”

Fact: No diocese in America has ever filed for involuntary bankruptcy or been forced into bankruptcy due to victims’ lawsuits. Several have voluntarily entered bankruptcy as a way to we stop litigation and as a negotiating tactic.

Claim: “In other states, retroactive changes to the law resulted in dioceses closing schools.”

Fact: The vast majority of Catholic school closings across the country have occurred in response to an overall decline in church membership and attendance.

Claim: The legislation could “cripple” ministries serving Pennsylvania’s Catholics.

Fact: Most Catholic-affiliated charities receive the vast majority of their funding from the government. According to Catholic Social Services’ 2015 annual report, the government pays 81 percent of the cost of their services. This funding would not be affected by any
settlements.

Claim: “The money needed to settle lawsuits would come from the people in our pews.”

Fact: Insurance coverage would pay a significant part of any settlements. Dioceses in Pennsylvania have the option of selling valuable, unused real estate to protect the pocketbooks of their parishioners.

Once you have read the facts below, please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee HERE and:

  • Request they pass HB 1947 without any amendments that would further limit the time it takes for victims of child sex abuse to come forward and to identify the hidden predators in our communities and to shift the burden of the cost from the victims and society at large to those who are responsible for the harm.
  • Tell them you want children protected, predators identified and leave the decision of constitutionality of the bill to those who are charged to decide it- the PA Supreme Court.
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