that noise you heard...
... was a crack in the protective wall set up by lawyers for the Los Angeles archdiocese to prevent disclosure of how Church leaders handled sex-abuse complaints.
Cardinal Mahony and his legal team have been fighting tooth and nail to shore up the legal defenses in southern California. Just one break could be disastrous. It took one Massachusetts judge, opening one set of depositions, to wreak havoc on the Archdiocese of Boston.
We now know all too well what happens when just one levee gives way.
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