Stephen Weiss speaks to the Hartford Courant about the Connecticut Catholic Church’s lobbying efforts

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In an October 6, 2019 Hartford Courant article, Seeger Weiss founding partner Stephen Weiss spoke about efforts by the Roman Catholic church in Connecticut to fight attempts to change the statute of limitations laws with regard to child sexual abuse, a change that would allow more adult survivors to bring criminal and civil actions.

The article reads, in part:

The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference — the church’s lobbying arm — has spent $875,261 to influence legislation at the state Capitol since 2011, according to a report by a group of law firms that represents clergy sex abuse victims.

The accounts of priest sexual abuse contained in the Bridgeport diocese report are “the latest chapter in an old and tired book,” said Stephen A. Weiss, an attorney with Seeger Weiss, one of the firms that produced the report.

“The lobbying efforts demonstrate time and time again that the Catholic Church does not stand by survivors but rather revictimizes them,” he said.


Since its establishment in 1999, Seeger Weiss has led some of the most complex and high-profile litigations in the U.S.