Archbishop email gaffe sees Church portrayed as mafia-like

The Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has been accused of mafia-like tactics in a campaign to put pressure on lawmakers.

The Church is lobbying against proposed state legislation that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue their abusers.

Archbishop Charles Chaput inadvertently sent an email to a state representative accusing him of “betraying” the Church.

In the email received by Jamie Santora, the archbishop warned of “consequences” of supporting the legislation.

Archbishop Chaput had intended to send the email to a staff member in his own office only.

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