After three days of trial, on January 29, 2015, the Boy Scouts and the plaintiff settled this sexual abuse case. This case followed the same path as better than 99% of sexual abuse cases. Parties settle because it is in their best interests to do so – and obviously here that was the case. But this settlement illustrates why the trial in 2010 in Portland, Oregon was so unique. There we litigated the case for over 6 weeks, spending hours upon hours going through numerous BSA Perversion files. In Santa Barbara there was much fanfare concerning the release of the BSA Perversion files from 1991-2007. Some media outlets portrayed it as a Pandora’s Box however those reporters obviously forgot that over 1200 files from 1965-1985 were already released and in the public domain as a result of the Portland case.
Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal has been in a running battle with the Archdiocese of New York over the closure of a number of parishes for the putative purpose that the Archdiocese needs to save money – so poor they have to close parishes but not poor enough to sell the Cardinal’s mansion. While on the subject of the Archdiocese finances the inevitable came up with the Diocese rep basically saying that the problem of sexually abusive priests in NY was not as bad as in for example Boston. He unfortunately left out that the Archdiocese along with the other NY area Dioceses were primarily responsible for defeating bill after bill which would have amended NY’s harsh statute of limitations. As an attorney who focuses his practice on representing victims of sexual abuse, Paul Mones understands that institutions like the Catholic Church need to be held accountable for their actions in not preventing their employees from molesting innocent children. Victims of sexual abuse in New York of not just the Catholic Church but also of the Boy Scouts, various Orthodox Jewish Temples and Yeshivas, private schools and youth sports programs should be entitled to their day in court. The NY Statute of limitations needs to be changed to allow these victims to have real justice.