State representative urges the Catholic Church to establish procedures to stop sexual abuse
Rida Cabanilla Arakawa, the State Representative for Ewa Beach, called out the Catholic Church Friday.
In a news conference at the State Capitol, she urged the pope and church bishops to establish procedures stopping further sexual abuse by clergy and instead help victims heal and keep their faith.
Cabanilla Arakawa introduced a House Resolution recently, a reaction to many allegations worldwide leading to clergy either being convicted or resigning.
"What we see now going on worldwide is that because of this sexual abuses and suppression going on within the clergy, we are now seeing all these things that are coming up," Cabanilla-Arakawa said.
Fellow lawmakers, community advocates and concerned Catholics stood by her side Friday.