As a Roman Catholic, Viet Nam War veteran, and grandfather of five, I was appalled to read in the L.A. Times that Bishop Gomez and Bishop Soto had hired lobbyists to help defeat SB 131. They have even traveled to Sacramento to plead their case against the victims of pedophilia.

Using the excuse that money would be taken from the poor is an absolute hypocrisy. The Church hierarchy needs to pay for its horrendous crimes against children, no matter how many years ago. To argue all the pedophilia was in the past and not relevant to today’s protection of children is ludicrous. Only by having to distribute their billions to their victims, will they wake up and try to reform Bishops Accountability to the children of our church.

Pope Francis says, “The church needs to be poor, like the people they serve.”


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