If it were not so damn sad, you would almost have to laugh. The Massachusetts legislature isnow considering changes to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 231 Section 15 — the so-called Charitable Immunity Statute — which would deny churches the protections otherwise available to such organizations, for claims involving sexual abuse to minors by priests and other church employees. But what about children injured by other demons?
Why must their injuries go largely uncompensated? Raped by a priest? Collect a million dollars. Left in a wheelchair by a drunk school bus driver? You’re out of luck. Massachusetts lawmakers still feel that about sixty thousand dollars (after legal fees and expenses) is fair enough, when the harm is caused by a Massachusetts State employee. The only reason the legislature is even looking into revising the statute is because rapes by priests is today’s “tort du jour”. Do we have to wait until every kind of injury makes the front pages of the daily newspapers before Massachusetts lawmakers address the next injustice caused by these laws? What a real crime that would be.
Eric. J. Parker