Judge: Accused Sex-Abuse Priests Must Be Named
Roman Catholic Church ordered to release its files
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 7, 2013 3:15 PM CST
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(Newser) – A judge today ordered the release of thousands of pages of personnel files that would identify Roman Catholic priests accused of child molestation and their leaders in the church. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias contradicts a previous order in 2010 by another judge that allowed the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to redact the names of church higher-ups. Attorneys for the archdiocese previously said they planned to make the confidential files public by the middle of this month with the names of the church hierarchy blacked out.

It was unclear how long it would take to adhere to the new ruling. Church attorneys expressed concern about combing through 30,000 pages of documents. Elias continued to meet with attorneys following the hearing. The AP and the Los Angeles Times intervened in the case in December and argued in court papers that the redactions would prevent the public from learning which church officials knew about abusive priests, how much they knew, and how they handled it. Files released in other dioceses, such as Boston, have shown that the church shuffled priests among parishes without calling police. See more here. (One lawyer says 200 sex-abuser priests are hiding out in California.)

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Daniel-from-TN
Jan 9, 2013 1:23 AM CST
The problems with the Catholic Church, in my opinion, are the result of men being the head of the church instead of God. I also believe the problem of pedophelia is the result of the celibate priesthood, which, by the way, is specifically forbidden in the Bible. Look at the requirements for a pastor for verification.
JoeNobody
Jan 8, 2013 11:24 AM CST
Organized religion is a racket, and this kind of entertainment for themselves is what comes of idle people with too mch time on their hands doing no real good for humanity. A good friend many years ago attended a protestant seminary and dropped out just before ordination and became instead, a telephone lineman. When I asked him how come, he said he finally realized that no matter what denomination, it all boiled down to controlling people thru fear. Fear of the afterlife, fear of God, fear of Hell, fear of purgatory, fear of this, fear of that. Fear, fear, fear. He said: "if you can scare the shit out of people, you can get them to do anything you want; I realized that is how this whole structure works, top to bottom. Its just rotten." The longer I live and the more I hear about crap like this and all the Falwell-types patronizing hookers with the money old ladies donate to them and then blaming "Satan," the more I realize my non-preacher friend was right- Its just a haven for lazy racketeers, all about power and control, and nothing else. While we are paying the freight for these parasites to live high off the hog on earth, they tell us its alright to be deprived now, because "you'll get your reward in heaven." Bull crap. Your time and money is much better spent giving direct aid to people who actually need it; shut-ins, homeless, sick, and injured persons, battered women shelters, childrens hospitals, etc, the list is endless and doesnt include the fake Jesuses "wearing a Rolex on their tel-e-vison show."
Marelicia
Jan 8, 2013 4:40 AM CST
The Roman Catholic Church is a very well-organized criminal organization involved in and/or facilitators of countless crimes for countless criminals for decades, including but are not limited to, serial child rape, money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud, pedophles, priests.