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Catholic religious order abuse files may go public
AP ^ | 4/16/2013 | GILLIAN FLACCUS

Posted on 04/16/2013 2:31:22 AM PDT by markomalley

Less than three months after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles released the files of priests accused of sex abuse, attorneys for alleged victims are back in court seeking similar records kept by more than a dozen religious orders.

A hearing Tuesday will begin the process of determining if — and in what form — the records kept by religious orders such as the Jesuits, Vincentians, Salesians and Dominicans, among others, will be made public.

The continued legal battle comes after the Los Angeles archdiocese unsealed under court order the files it kept over the years on 120 of its priests who have been accused of sex abuse in civil lawsuits. The church agreed as part of a $660 million settlement to release the documents, but attorneys for individual priests fought for five years to keep them under wraps, citing privacy issues.

A number of religious orders signed off on the settlement agreement and contributed significant amounts to it because up to one-third of the accused priests belonged to religious orders, said J. Michael Hennigan, an archdiocese attorney representing the interests of the orders at the hearing.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: California
Light is a very good disinfectant.
1 posted on 04/16/2013 2:31:22 AM PDT by markomalley
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Confession is good for the soul, a sacrament for the rank and file and it should apply equally in all departments of the church..
2 posted on 04/16/2013 2:54:25 AM PDT by oyez (Hell must be a Gun Free Zone.)
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