Archbishop Cordileone Comments on AB218 Coordinated Filing

“In January 2020 the State of California opened a new ‘window’ in the statute of limitations related to the sexual abuse of minors. In response, Catholic bishops in the state filed a motion for determination of the preliminary issue of constitutionality of the statute.

“This motion is limited in nature and directed to a question of constitutional law, and does not in any way deter from the Archdiocese’s ongoing efforts to provide victim-survivors with pastoral and psychological support, as well as financial compensation through pastoral settlements.

“I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm that the abuse of children is a horrendous crime, especially when perpetrated by those who should most have their trust, such as members of the clergy. Victims of such abuse deserve our compassion, apology, and assistance.

“Though the harm done cannot be reversed nor fully repaired, the Archdiocese continues to provide counseling and other services to victims as needed. Again, this legal motion does not change the work we have done and will continue to do on their behalf. I am grateful to my predecessors in the Archdiocese of San Francisco who have worked hard to achieve safe environments for minors that are secure and effective, and to help victims come to healing and peace. I believe that the most important action I can take as Archbishop is to continue this good work in order to assure that such acts do not occur again. I will not relax my vigilance on this.”