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Archdiocese adds LA clergy docs after complaints




http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Archdiocese-adds-LA-clergy-docs-after-complaints-4254604.php

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Thank Goodness for people like Patrick Wall and Joelle Casteix [FJD].

It is clear that the Catholic Church will try to wiggle out of complying with the law, and lie like a rug, unless people like Wall and Casteix, and organizations like SNAP, and the free press in America and elsewhere, hold the criminal feet of said “church” to the fire. [FJD].

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Archdiocese adds LA clergy docs after complaints

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press | February 6, 2013 | Updated: February 7, 2013 2:49am

Patrick Wall a world-renowned expert on the Catholic Clergy Abuse Crisis joins members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, as he holds a redeacted memorandum during a news conference outside the US Attorneyís office in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. In this case, Cardinal Mahony resisted turning over a list of altar boys to police who were investigating claims against a visiting Mexican priest who was later determined to have molested 26 boys during a 10-month stint in Los Angeles. Photo: Damian Dovarganes

 

 

Patrick Wall a world-renowned expert on the Catholic Clergy Abuse Crisis joins members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, as he holds a redeacted memorandum during a news conference outside the US Attorneyís office in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. In this case, Cardinal Mahony resisted turning over a list of altar boys to police who were investigating claims against a visiting Mexican priest who was later determined to have molested 26 boys during a 10-month stint in Los Angeles. Photo: Damian Dovarganes

Survivor Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Calif., and SNAP Western Regional Director, left, holds a photographs of her jailed perpetrator, Rev. Michael Stephen Baker, as she joins members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, during a news conference outside the US Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Thousands of pages of confidential priest personnel files released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles last week are missing critical documents and contain redactions that overstep a judge’s order, alleged victims of clergy abuse and their attorneys said Wednesday. Photo: Damian Dovarganes

 

After alleged victims complained of key omissions, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has said it would release additional documents from internal clergy abuse files.

The church made the announcement Wednesday after alleged victims said some 12,000 pages released last week were missing critical memos and contained excessive redactions.

The documents in question from the file of former priest Michael Baker span a 14 year-period — from 1986 to 2000 — and provide insight into how retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church leaders dealt with him.

The Associated Press reported from an unredacted copy of the Baker file last month that contained documents that were not included in the archdiocese’s disclosure.

The archdiocese acknowledged it had erred [i.e., broke the law...FJD] in keeping those pages sealed after the AP inquired Wednesday about the documents.

“They will be posted shortly [i.e., within the next two decades or whenever the next press story caused by abuse survivors' activism occurs, whichever is sooner...FJD],” archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan said in an email. “It is our intention to do this completely and correctly [Since the press exposed it for all to see...FJD].”

 




    3 Responses to “Archdiocese adds LA clergy docs after complaints”

  1. ERW Says:

    Why are the laws not being applied to the church mis-leadership equally as it is to ordinarly citizens? The civil authorities seem to muster sufficient recources and people for investigating the misdeeds of small fries. But when it comes to “holy” organizations and big corporations, they just cannot get it done. Are there some agencies on the take?

  2. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    Fr. Eleuterio Ramos: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2013/01/eleuterio_ramos_divina_providencia.php

  3. Thomas Says:

    The Church needs to be treated with equal scrunity under the law. The more they are caught breaking the law and breaching trust—the more laity leave the Church. Better to be a none than to be an incomplete Christian.


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