Orange Diocese Bishop Kevin Vann Doing His Damndest to Stop CA Bill that Would Help Child-Abuse Victims

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It's been almost a year now since Kevin Vann became bishop of the Diocese of Orange, and what has he accomplished? There was a profile in one of the Orange County Register's magazines that read like a press release. He approved the removal of memorial stones at the former Crystal Cathedral, memorial stones that the sheep of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller spent thousands to install under the idea they'd be up there for centuries. And now he's joining his fellow bishops in trying to defeat a California State Senate bill that seeks justice for child-abuse victims.

SB 131 would open a one-year window lifting statutes of limitation so that victims of pedo-priests can file civil lawsuits against the Catholic Church regardless of when their abuse happened. A similar window occurred in 2002, exposing the Church as a pedophile factory. And that's why Vann doesn't want it to happen again.

Under his direction, the Orange County Catholic, the "newspaper" of the Diocese of Orange, has published five articles opposing SB 131 since June, including a commentary from retired OC Superior Court Judge Francisco Firmat calling it "bad legislation," a column by Vann, and a whole other bunch of gobbledygook. The rag is pushing its stories on Twitter, and also retweets stories that support its view. This past week, Vann directed parish priests to send out emails to their congregation urging them to contact their state assemblymen to vote against SB 131.

Vann's position? SB 131 discriminates against Catholics and does nothing to protect children. And why should you believe him? "Dioceses throughout California have worked to atone for past mistakes," Vann writes, "and have implemented robust procedures to ensure children and young people are as safe as we can make them."

In other words: yeah, we let pedo-priests rape children, then covered it up. But NOW you should really, really trust us!

Never mind that the reason they ever bothered to pretend to care for children raped by its priests was EXACTLY because the statute-of-limitations break in 2002 allowed victims to come forward to sue, and allowed lawyers to ask for personnel files that proved what so many had previously claimed were anti-Catholic conspiracies: that the Church protected pedophiles and never gave a damn about kids. And Vann's current push to shield the Orange diocese from further scrutiny only proves this anew. Heckuva job, Vanny!

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voiceofasurvivor
voiceofasurvivor

Bishop Vann is doing his job, helping the wrong doers not the victims and he is good at it. I was going to be a priest for his past Diocese, but, unfortunately I was sexually assaulted at the seminary and he did not like that  I disagreed with the way they "Church Authorities" handled my case " Covering Up" . Therefore,  I reported it to the local authorities and that ended my sponsorship with the Diocese. Fortunately, I had the support of some priests which helped me to overcome this terrible situation and continue practicing my faith. If he did not  give the support necessary to one of his seminarians, imagine what other victims can expect from him.

barraganfj
barraganfj

I am Catholic and I don't think SB 131 discriminates against the Catholic church.  This bill applies to ANY institution that knew or should have reasonably known that SEXUAL ABUSE of children was occurring.  ONLY FULL ACCOUNTABILITY will allow survivors to heal, and will help ensure that institutions choose to do the right thing, knowing that otherwise they will face monetary consequences.  Church leadership should be choosing to ASSIST SURVIVORS rather than to protect the FINANCIAL Pocketbook.  Healing vs Materialism!     see the wording of the bill -  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB131&search_keywords=

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

The day that the leader of a Catholic diocese publicly says, 

"You know...we fucked up [in those exact words].  I encourage the statute of limitations be extended to infinity just for church abuse cases.  I will clear my calendar to give testimonies, depositions, etc., on these matters, that is, as long as it doesn't interfere with my ministering to the abused,"

I will get my 7 sacraments card stamped faster than my Buy 5 Car Washes, Get 1 Free one from the local Chevron station. 


R Keith Beal
R Keith Beal

The vast majority or Religion is a form of Mental Illness. Just like they think Gays can be cured, one day, there may be therapy that cures Religion!

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

I was just listening to Adam & Drew talking about the statute of limitations on stuff like child molestation the other day. Most times the poor kids don't even come forward until they are adults, and the best they can do is report it and the cops will just 'note' it but can't actually do anything.

David A Rivera
David A Rivera

Irony where is thy sting? Ever heard of the Spanish Inquisition Joaquin? The most peaceful my ass ... Plenty of bodies piled up in the name of Catholicism ...

Chad Macy
Chad Macy

"Catholicism Wow!" ~The Buddy Christ

jcasteix
jcasteix

More than 97 kids came forward in Orange County Diocese alone because of the 2003 civil window. Because of their bravery in demanding the release of documents, the public was able to get a glimpse of the child sex crimes and cover-up at schools and parishes in OC.

A new window will do the same thing. Bishop Vann should be applauding the window - pointing out that not only will it hold him and others more accountable, but SB 131 will open the door for more legislation holding public entities accountable.

Joelle Casteix


Jerry
Jerry

If someone has committed a crime they should be arrested, charged, tried, convicted if their guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and sentenced to an appropriate punishment. The victim of crime (ANY crime!) should get all the assistance they need to get past their victimization in the form of counseling and therapy.

What this bill does is allow for large payments due to alleged criminal actions that were never proven. These may be decades old, without any proof needed. The accused need not even be alive.

I would be all for this if any payment were to be spent on counseling and therapy for those affected. The way it is now it is a free for all who, at any point in time, allege any wrongdoing by anyone, and most importantly, a gold mine for their lawyers who get a large chunk of the settlement money.

Victims need help. Criminals need punishment. Crime should not pay, but neither should being a life-long victim.

godlessjim
godlessjim

I know 2 victims one who was living in her car and never knew when the first window was opened in 2002 and another whose catholic therapist felt he had already "dealt" with his damages in therapy who didn't sue in 2002. This latter victim had 3 perpetrators. Three.

It's these victims, and those like them, left out of the first settlements that need to be helped. Pass bill 131.

maturlishmdsnd
maturlishmdsnd

Could someone tell me where I can find the proposed bill, Senate Bill 131, as written in its entirety?  

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish SNDdeN

Advocate for victim/survivors of childhood sexual abuse & legislative reform

maturlishmdsnd@yahoo.com

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@voiceofasurvivor 

That's great that you reported it.  You have my support, too.  All the best.  


SHAME
SHAME

@jcasteix Sometime in 2005, former President George W Bush granted immunity to the Vatican for approximately 100,000 crimes committed against children.  The lawsuit originated in Texas, the same state Bishop Vann once served as a Catholic leader.  Vann, Brown and the attorneys that have presented them in courts of law need a thorough and in depth investigation by a federal government agency.

Since the FBI is investigating public corruption in Orange County, California, we can only hope that there is time to investigate the multiple escapes from criminal prosecutions that sexual predator Diocese of Orange employees have enjoyed for so many years.

SHAME
SHAME

@Jerry Based on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Stogner, it is impossible to hold all sexual predators criminally accountable for heinous crimes committed against children.  However, holding predators and their employers accountable for child endangerment, failures to report and sex crimes against minor children in civil courts is the next best scenario.

Personally, it is SHOCKING to witness Bishop Vann from Diocese of Orange and Archbishop Jose Gomez from the Los Angeles Archdiocese fight to maintain more filthy and evil secrets, while building their financial portfolios and millions of dollars to complete a cathedral that allegedly represents "Christ" in the affluent Orange County, California.  Something is very wrong and one can only assume that there is much more to the clergy sex abuse crisis, especially in the State of California.

SHAME on Bishop Vann and more importantly Bishop Brown because he did not CLEAN HIS HOUSE of filth before he allegedly retired as Diocese of Orange Bishop. 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Jerry Where do you think the victims spend most of their money on?

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

@Jerry They don't have to settle these cases out of court. They can go to court and present their case. They're only settling out of court in order to avoid having their probably-damning files submitted to the discovery process.

I'm absolutely with you on criminal trials for these perverts, though.

NOPCinOC
NOPCinOC

@GustavoArellano @NOPCinOC 

of course your "journalism" career is so distinguished - interviewing pedophile militia minutemen (you missed the boat on that one and they were right in your hand)  and then on to writing taco wagon reviews.  

Maybe you should have taken that journalism course in college. 

Also,  the word mock (adj) means a false or pretend loser. Meaning I am only pretending to be a loser. Interesting choice of words. Perhaps you should use an editor, someone with a background in journalism.

Cheers.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@NOPCinOC Exactly—journalism teachers don't dare go after pedo-priests or mock losers like yourself. But gracias for reading!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Jerry Actually, I had no journalism teacher—and please tell me where I'm wrong in my statement.

NOPCinOC
NOPCinOC

@GustavoArellano @Jerry 

Jerry - this is Gustavo's mo when he gets fact challenged - he resorts to name calling and obscenities and implodes. Perhaps he should stick to Taco Wagon reviews where the topics are less intellectually challenging.

Jerry
Jerry

@GustavoArellano @Jerry "I know because I know and you are just talking out of your ass" in response to a coherent argument and a follow up question. 


Nice! Your Journalism teacher must be proud!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@JerryOf course I do—I've just been covering the story for over a decade instead of talking out of my ass like yourself.

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