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San Diego diocese releases priests' documents after long court fight

October 25, 2010

The Diocese of San Diego, California, has released thousands of pages of priest-personnel files, after losing a long court battle to maintain their confidentiality.

A California court ordered the release of files on 48 priests who had been accused of sexual abuse. The records are expected to demonstrate that diocesan officials moved the accused priests into new parish assignments despite clear evidence of abusive behavior. The diocese—which reached a financial settlement with 114 victims in 2007—had continued to fight against public exposure of the files.


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  • Posted by: Obregon - Oct. 25, 2010 10:19 PM ET USA

    So much for "transparency!" When will some church leaders learn that trying to protect the image of the Church by hiding facts is the worse they can do? It does not help the Church, it makes it look very, very bad, to say the least, and its credibility suffers tremendously.