Unsealed Calif. church docs show abuse allegations

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By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Writer
Sun Oct 24, 6:35 pm ET

SAN DIEGO – Attorneys for nearly 150 people who claim sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests released thousands of pages of previously sealed internal church documents Sunday that detail complaints against the clerics and include medical records and correspondence between priests and their superiors.

A retired San Diego Superior Court judge ruled late Friday that roughly 10,000 pages of internal records could be made public after a yearslong legal battle with the Diocese of San Diego. The records are from the personnel files of 48 priests who were either credibly accused or convicted of sexual abuse or were named in a civil lawsuit.

The 144 plaintiffs settled with the diocese in 2007 for nearly $200 million, but the agreement stipulated that an independent judge would review the priests’ sealed personnel records and determine what could be made public.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs said Sunday the files show how much the diocese knew about abusive priests, starting decades before any allegations became public, and that some church leaders shuffled priests from parish to parish or overseas despite credible complaints against them.

Donna Daly, a spokeswoman for the diocese, did not immediately return a call on Sunday.

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One Response to “Unsealed Calif. church docs show abuse allegations”

  1. Andrea B Says:

    Ever notice that the journalists never name the psychiatrists or institutes that are supposed to treat the paeophile priests, expecially the psychiatrists who write letters saying it was a lapse of character or similar nonsense.

    Would be interesting to compare that list of psychiatrists to another list of psychiatrists I can think of.

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