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Church lobbying against lifting statute of limitations

Dec 5, 2005 | PHILADELPHIA Roman Catholic church officials in Pennsylvania have come out against a proposal to lift the statute of limitations for sex-abuse lawsuits.

They say it could lead to financial ruin for dioceses across the state.

Some Pennsylvania lawmakers want to create a one-year "window" to let plaintiffs file lawsuits, regardless of how long ago the alleged abuse happened. The idea for a window is modeled on one that California legislators opened in 2003, leading to 800 lawsuits being filed.

But the Archdiocese of Philadelphia warns that could expose the church and other institutions to huge damages, causing an "incalculable financial impact."

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