Priests: To Pay Or Not To Pay?

Boston parishioners' search for justice took one step forward and one big step back last week. In California authorities arrested Father Paul Shanley, 71, the notorious advocate of sex between men and boys, after his alleged victim told police about abuse he says occurred in Massachusetts between 1983 and 1989. Authorities were able to overcome the state's 10-year statute of limitations fairly simply: the clock for the 10-year period does not start ticking until the victim turns 16. The former catechism student is now 24. The scandal may have loosened these time restrictions; in Connecticut on the day of Shanley's arrest,...

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