Ex post facto, anyone?
It seems that the Ohio legislature has joined the Popular Movement to Ban Catholicism:
The day got off to an emotional and bizarre start as people who said they were sexually abused by priests as children lined the main doorway into the House chamber, shouting and calling lawmakers names like "coward." They were upset that House Speaker Jon Husted had removed a provision in a bill that would have allowed victims a one-year window to file lawsuits seeking monetary damages against clergy for alleged abuse from up to 35 years ago.
Most lawmakers ducked through another door behind an area where lobbyists and media were standing. Husted, Republican of Kettering, avoided the area altogether, taking a side door into the chamber.
Following passionate and personal speeches from legislators, the bill passed, 77 to 16. Most said that despite the tweaks from a version unanimously passed by the Senate a year ago, the bill was still strong.
The statute of limitations for suing clergy for sexual abuse - currently two years after reaching age 18 - would be extended to 12 years. The Senate wanted to extend it to 20 years.
And for cases where the statute of limitations has expired, the House version would allow the state attorney general, local prosecutor or victim to sue a priest - but not for monetary damages. If guilty, the priest would be listed by the state as a child-sex offender.
Now, far be it from me to put in a good word for pervert priests; I am sure that the Christian God created a Hell just for them. But the image of a legislature at the mercy of an angry mob, appeasing it by boosting the statute of limitations...that does not instill confidence that an answer has been found. And indeed, the only people this bill will really benefit are lawyers.