Click here to read: “Catholic Church Can’t Withhold Names in California Priest Files,” by Greg Risling, Associated Press, Daily News Los Angeles, January 7, 2013
Excerpt: “(Superior Court Judge Emilie) Elias said she weighed the privacy rights of priests and others – including those who are mentioned in the documents but were not accused of any wrongdoing – versus the public’s interest in learning details of the child abuse that prompted the archdiocese to agree to a record $660 million settlement with victims in 2007.
“Don’t they have the right to know what happened in their local church?” Elias said before ruling from the bench.
The documents include letters and memos between top church officials and their attorneys, medical and psychological records, complaints from parents and, in some cases, correspondence with the Vatican about abusive priests. There are approximately 30,000 pages and it wasn’t immediately clear how soon they would be released.”