Sure you can audit. Just don't ask questions.
No Catholic bishops are behind bars in New Hampshire-- yet. That's largely because of an agreement struck with the state's attorney general in December 2002, in which the bishops essentially admitted guilt, and agreed to regular "full and fair" audits for the next several years.
But when he asked to see all the diocesan records, the attorney general couldn't possibly have meant that he... wanted access to all the diocesan records. That's the position currently advanced by Church officials in New Hampshire.
That pesky attorney general replies that yes, actually, he does want to see all the diocesan records. And if there are Church/state issues here, it's funny that the bishop didn't think about them back in 2002, when he made the deal.
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