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The Catholic Church Paid Lobbyists Millions to Block More Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Jun 5, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

So that’s where the congregation’s money is going.

According to a new study titled “Church Influencing State: How the Catholic Church Spent Millions Against Survivors of Clergy Abuse,” between 2011 and 2018, the U.S. Catholic Church spent more than $10 million on lobbyists to fight against legislation that would have allowed victims of pedophile priests to sue the Church for damages even if prior statutes of limitations had passed. And that was just in northeastern states.

It may not have helped given how many states introduced or passed bills that allow victims to sue the Church even if the abuse occurred decades earlier.

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