5 religious orders release files related to abuse in Los Angeles
Catholic World News - August 05, 2013
Six months after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released the personnel files of 87 archdiocesan clergy accused of sexual abuse, five religious orders have heeded a court order and released files on a dozen religious accused of abuse during their time in the archdiocese.
“The archdiocese handed over materials reflecting Cardinal Roger M. Mahony’s meticulous record-keeping of molestation claims and treatment of accused offenders,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “By contrast, the order files are a hodgepodge of seminary report cards, vacation requests, baptismal certificates and breezy dispatches in which priests update their higher-ups on parish projects … suggesting the orders were either unaware of molestation claims or opted not to document them.”
An additional 45 religious communities are expected to release similar files by autumn.
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