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Connecticut diocese, plaintiff battle over release of documents

May 21, 2010

A woman who alleges abuse by the late Father Thomas Shea is seeking the release of 661 pages of documents from the Diocese of Norwich, including a 2005 letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger characterized by the diocese as a letter about a canonical process. Ordained in 1946, Father Shea has been accused of molesting 16 girls in 11 parishes; he was removed from ministry in 1983 and died in 2006.


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