Supreme Court Refuses to hear appeal


#1

The following report recently appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused a request from the Catholic archdiocese in Bridgeport, Conn., seeking to block the release of files on priests accused of sexual abuse. A state court had ordered the release, and the church argued, unsuccessfully, that this would violate its rights under the 1st Amendment. (Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp. vs. New York Times)

WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THE CHURCH WANT TO HIDE INFORMATION FROM THE AUTHORITIES? ANY AND ALL THE WORK THE CHURCH HAS DONE TO MAKE IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN IS UNDONE BY THE ATTITUDE OF ONE ARCHDIOCESE (OR IS IT MORE THAN ONE?)


#2

The idea that a Catholic bishop would be answerable to someone who doesn’t even have Holy Orders about how he runs his diocese is completely foreign to Catholic thought.


#3

Depends on they are releasing them to and what records are released. For instance it would be wrong, IMO, to publicly release records on Priests who have not been indicted or convicted.


#4

Because the records include the names of many people besides those convicted of abuse. Minor children, witnesses, and priests who were wrongly accused are all named in these documents which would be made public.

They aren’t keeping the documents from the authorities, by the way. They are keeping them from the New York Times. Generally, unless the employer is a government agency, newspapers have no right to internal documents of any business.


#5

Only the names of the accused need be made known in the files. All other names can be redacted (blanked out) so that no others be made known. Persons accused of crimes are named and information about them made available all the time. The nature of the crime should not matter… bank robbery or child abuse. If the Church amends their response to the NY Times suit to allow it to redact information then the appeal might have a better chance. If the NY Times should only be interested in getting out some basic information. There is nothing they need to “investigate”. Law enforcement is already doing that.


#6

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