I am asking lawyers and/or judges about the elimination of the statue of limitations. Should these laws be eliminated for the sake of justice when it comes to pedophilia?
In the last couple of days more very disturbing information about the extreme perversions of a bishop stripped of his cardinaliate has come from one of his victim who describes in pornographic detail his abuse and reported at Church Militant with these details described. The man now in his 50’s says these assaults began to take place when he was eleven and in some cases while McCarrick heard his confession!
There is evidently a canonical trial of sorts happening with the confessional details adding a new detail for a canonical prosecution of the McCarrick case. If McCarrick is found guilty he could and should be laicized (defrocked) as any priest would be just on the abuse evidence. But the Church has no power to incarcerate and if McCarrick wanted to break the penance imposed on him by the pope he could walk and live on his own, unless he is extradited to Vatican City which has a jail, but there would have to be a civil trial there.
But what about civil law in California where this man was first assaulted (raped?) in the late 1950's? If not for the statute of limitations McCarrick could be arrested and placed on a civil trial there with real prison time a possibility. Justice would then be served.
Could a case going back to the late 1950’s be successfully prosecuted in civil trials today especially where there is no corroborating witnesses, only a he said, he said scenario?
The other interesting twist in all of this is that the now adult victim is on a crusade to reform the Catholic Church of it post Vatican II modernism which he believes has led to this kind of immorality increasing after Vatican II with little to no accountability for miscreant bishops and priests, only winks and nods and maybe a transfer or time in a mental health institution so the miscreant could be recyled.