Problem #1: children abused by clergy decades ago are demanding recognition from the civil justice system; it’s not about the money they say, but justice.
Problem #2: simply reviving 35-year-old tort claims that are otherwise barred by the statute of limitations, aside from the basic unfairness and loss of legal certainty to others, encourages fraud on and error by the judicial system.
Solution, in Ohio S.B. 17, passed in May 2006:
Since it’s not about the money, “create a cause of action for a declaratory judgment in cases in which a victim of childhood sexual abuse is barred from bringing an ordinary civil action by the expiration of the limitations period.” The statute of limitations still bars claims for damages; but if you want access to the justice system, go ahead and get a judicial declaration that you were abused, and perhaps the Church will decide on its own to do the right thing.
Everyone’s happy–except the trial lawyers. (h/t A.K. (not the judge))