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Joelle Casteix comments on Los Angeles Archdiocese clergy sex abuse documents




I thank Joelle Casteix for these comments and Rick Springer for bringing them to my attention.

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What would have happened if the LA Times and AP DIDN’T intervene?

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on December 30, 2012

What would have happened if the LA Times and The Associated Press did not intervene in the court battle over the Los Angeles Archdiocese clergy sex abuse documents?

My guess? The worst possible outcome.

What do I mean by that? The document redactions—that would have allowed church officials guilty of covering up for clergy sex offenders to remain unpunished, unexposed and unaccountable for their crimes—would probably have sailed in under the radar. Victims (and their attorneys) who fought for years to get justice and accountability would have been given the proverbial “sand-pounding hammer” and LA criminals similar to Philadelphia’s Msgr. William Lynn would be off scot-free.

Let’s hope that more media organizations—as well as Catholic justice and advocacy groups—step up and also demand the accountability that Los Angeles’ victims have been fighting for for decades. Let’s also hope that Judge Emilie Elias rules for victims and public safety (remember, many of the names that could be redacted belong to people still in positions of power).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 PM

Victim-hating quote of the day. Thanks, LA Archdiocese!

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on December 30, 2012

Remind me to take Los Angeles Archdiocese lawyer J. Michael Hennigan off my Christmas card list.

From the Los Angeles Times:

“We agree with Judge Tevrizian that enough time has passed and enough reforms have been made that it’s time to get off this and move onto another subject,” attorney J. Michael Hennigan said.

Those other subjects? Two civil sex abuse trials against former priest Michael Baker and the first of what could be many civil sex abuse trials against former priest Nicolás Aguilar Rivera. And that’s just the start.

“… enough time has passed?” To run out the statute of limitations for other victims, perhaps …

Gee, those UNREDACTED documents would get in the way, wouldn’t they?

 

 

 

 




    2 Responses to “Joelle Casteix comments on Los Angeles Archdiocese clergy sex abuse documents”

  1. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    J. Michael Hennigan: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/omwRSVaZlNO/LA+Archdiocese+Agrees+660+Million+Settlement/sKMsXlBG-2Z

  2. Thomas Says:

    What good is the appearance of a clean house when there is so much filth shoved up under the rug?


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