Catholic groups challenge law giving accusers more time to sue

December 3, 2003
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SPRINGFIELD (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times 


December 3, 2003

BY CHRISTOPHER WILLS



SPRINGFIELD — A new state law granting more time for lawsuits over sexual abuse cases is being challenged by Catholic organizations, angering advocates for abuse victims.

”It’s our belief that the Catholic Church should not be leading the charge to overturn a law that protects innocent victims,” Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said Tuesday. ”The new law gives victims a chance to expose perpetrators.”

Catholic officials, however, said there is no conflict between combating sexual abuse within the church and making a legal argument.

”I think we’re going to assert our right to defend our position in a court of law,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois.