Cardinal Timothy Dolan shows support for sex abuse victims, but opposes law that allows them to sue predators

Dolan forced to confront the issue of child sex abuse while at a school

HURLEY, N.Y. — Timothy Cardinal Dolan wants to be an ally of those seeking justice for victims of child sex abuse — but he doesn’t support their bill.

During a visit to a Catholic high school near upstate Kingston on Monday, Dolan was greeted by about 10 protesters calling on him to back legislation — known as The Child Victims Act — that would remove the statute of limitations on cases of child sex abuse and allow a one-year look-back window for victims to revive old civil cases.

“If they’re protesting (for) the rights of young people who have been sexually abused, they should count me as an ally not an enemy,” Dolan said.

Dolan, however, cited the church’s support for another bill — sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) and Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) — that would remove the statute of limitations but does not open a look-back window.

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