Bill Donohue wrote: "Remember that what will always be of service to the Church is the truth. Pursue the whole truth, and you are pursuing what is best for the Church." However, when the statutes of limitations is lifted and anyone can bring a lawsuit saying they were sexually abused 40 or 50 years ago, how can the truth be determine when the witnesses are dead and there are no evidence.
Pope John Paul II also stated: "The Church must be a mirror of Justice." There is no justice when the statutes of limitations are lifted. The reason for the existence of the statutes of limitations is so that justice can be served and that the truth can be determined. There is also no justice when the accused is judged guilty by the media and people without due process of a trial. In our society, the person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Of course, this does not mean that the accusers are "liars", but we live in a democratic society that recognizes the presumption of innocence and the accused having a just and fair trial.
According to news report:
The Australian Catholic Church has spoken in support of Cardinal George Pell, emphasising his contribution to the church and warning against a trial by media in the wake of sex abuse charges.