April 18, 2006

L.A. Catholic Church loses battle over priest files


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest in the nation, lost a four-year legal fight on Monday to keep private the files of two priests accused of molesting children.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, meaning that Cardinal Roger Mahony will have to hand over to Los Angeles prosecutors the records of all communications regarding the two priests.

The Los Angeles archdiocese has fought one of the most vigorous battle in the United States to prevent the files of priests accused of abuse from being made public.

The Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests criticized Mahony's tactics, saying on Monday he had "spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, donated by generous Catholics, on far-fetched and increasingly unsuccessful legal maneuvers to keep hidden the secrets about abusive priests and complicit bishops."

Posted by kshaw at April 18, 2006 07:15 AM