On 01/19/2022, Judge Laurie A. Hulin of the Fifteenth Judicial District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana has ruled in favor of the victim, in regards to the new Louisiana Statute of Limitations statute. In Judge Hulin's ruling she concluded:
"This court finds that act 332 has a clear and unequivocal expression of the intent of the legislature as it pertains to La. R.S. 9:2800.9. The intent of the legislature, in its amendment to La. R.S. 9:2800.9, is to revive causes of action which have been prescribed under the law existing prior to statues enactment. As such, this court finds that the petition was filed in accordance with Section 2 of Act 322; and, therefore, the matter has not prescribed and the Peremptory Exception of Prescription is denied."
During a legislative committee hearing, the Catholic Church was the only opposition to the bill. After the law was passed, despite his original opposition to bill, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Ecclesiastic State of Louisiana changed his mind, and made a public statement supporting the new law:
“As a Church we remain committed to doing all that we can for the healing of survivors of abuse. This legislation allows those abused not only in churches and schools but in their families, playgrounds, workplaces, youth organizations, and other public businesses where children and teenagers should be safe to pursue their claims in court regardless of when it occurred.”
And now the Catholic Church in Louisiana has (again) opposed the new law, in their crusade to stop child sex abuse cases from making it to trial, in an effort to extinguish the voices of their victims.
We have reached out to Archbishop Aymond so he could respond to this story, and as of this publication, we have not received a quote or response.
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