Catholic church sex abusers' names to be released, judge rules

Posted Jan 7, 2013 by Brandi Fleeks
The names of high-ranking catholic church leaders will be released in internal church records that contain sex abuse complaints against priests.
Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles  Calif.
Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, Calif.
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A Superior Court judge ruled Monday, that the identities of names of priests and church leaders accused of abusing children must be released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, reports Huffington Post.
Judge Emilie H. Elias’s ruling overrules the 2011 decision made by retired judge Dickran Tevrizian which allowed, the names of accused pedophile priests to be redacted from the documents. The former judge said he feared including the names of the hierarchy could be used to embarrass the church further.
“Don’t you think the public has a right to know what was going on in their own church,” Elias said to church lawyers.
The 30,000 pages of documents contain letters and memos between high-ranking church officials and their attorneys, medical and psychological records, complaints from parents and, in some cases, correspondence with the Vatican about abusive priests, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Lawyers for the complainants and the archdiocese met with the judge after the ruling to discuss how and when the documents will be released. Both parties said they want the documents released as soon as possible, reports the Washington Post.