October 13, 2005

Records on priests released

Daily Bulletin

By Brad A. Greenberg, Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Wednesday released information about 126 priests accused of sexual abuse, including four who served in La Verne and Pomona.

Officials for the archdiocese touted the release of the records as a sign of its openness in dealing with the clergy sex-abuse scandal.

ONLINE EXTRA: www.la-archdiocese.org

www.la-clergycases.com But plaintiffs' attorneys and victim advocates accused the archdiocese of continuing to protect pedophile priests by releasing partial information, including withholding the names of about 30 priests still in ministry who were accused of unsubstantiated abuse.

The report shows the archdiocese kept at least eight priests in ministry despite knowing they had molested children. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, head of the archdiocese, had previously said that was only the case with four priests.

"I think what we have here is a church that is embarrassed, that is contrite, that is ashamed of what happened in the past and is committed to reforming it to the extent that it is humanly possible to do so,'' said J. Michael Hennigan, attorney for the 4 million-member archdiocese.

Posted by kshaw at October 13, 2005 09:02 AM