Roman Catholic Church can't withhold names in Calif. priest files
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of church leaders and pedophile priests identified in thousands of pages of internal documents recounting sexual abuse allegations dating back decades, a judge ruled Monday.
The decision by Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias overturned much of a 2011 order by another judge that would have allowed the archdiocese to black out the names of church higher-ups. Victims, as well as The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times, argued for the names to be public.
Elias said she weighed the privacy rights of priests and others â€” including those who are mentioned in the documents but were not accused of any wrongdoing â€” versus the public's interest in learning details of the child abuse that prompted the archdiocese to agree to a record $660 million settlement with victims in 2007.
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Well, you see I posted something similar, but not entirely similar today on the thread, "Pope Calls On Bishops To Revive Christian Faith" But some good points, just how much is really kept back to protect the victims and how much is kept back to protect guilty priests? The Romish Church has had a long history of covering their -- hmm -- guilt for this type of behavior. Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Cases. This is reason enough to Come out of the Catholic Church
Or if you were named in any of these documents but were merely a witness, you wouldn't want your name also released. It's one thing to post a list of convicts online it's another to expose everyone even remotely involved with the case. Perhaps the judge doesn't want witnesses to come forward in the future?
Christopher000 wrote: My question is why would the diocese fight to hide these names in the first place? Maybe because they still support their long time passion? Maybe because they don't want the blame game to climb up the ladder, exposing higher ups?
My question is why would the diocese fight to hide these names in the first place? Maybe because they still support their long time passion? Maybe because they don't want the blame game to climb up the ladder, exposing higher ups?