Judge rules communications between priests and bishops not legally confidential

Retired state judge Thomas F. Nuss ruled Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles cannot claim communications between priests and bishops are confidential to withhold evidence of clergy sex abuse. The ruling allows the Los Angeles DA access to previously concealed documents regarding retired priests. The DA calls the ruling a "major legal victory" for victims of clergy sex abuse in a press release available here. AP has more. The LA Archdiocese's own report on local clergy sexual abuse between 1930 and 2003 is here [PDF].

 

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