LA archdiocese to undo redactions in priest files

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles says it will soon reveal 30,000 pages of confidential personnel files without blacking out the names of church leaders who knew about sexual abuse by priests.

Archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan said Wednesday the church has given up on its plan to redact the names and the files will be turned over to lawyers for abuse victims.

The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, along with victims, went to court to force the archdiocese to reveal the names.

The legal fight was triggered after the archdiocese agreed to a $660 million settlement with victims in 2007 that included revealing contents of the files.

The archdiocese wanted to keep many names secret, citing privacy rights of priests and others.

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