Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

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.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($33,685 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,314.54
96% 4%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ezra the Odd: A Lesson in Fidelity? 7 hours ago
Famous actors bring the New Testament to dramatic life in this audio Bible September 1
Preparing for the Jubilee of Mercy September 1
Final Liturgical Year volume for 2014-2015 now available August 31
Church Fathers: The Third Century and the School of Alexandria August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5
Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy CWN - September 1