According to the Los Angeles Times, members’ names of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will not be blacked out – as a private mediator had earlier decided – when the 30,000-page file maintained by the church is made public in coming weeks.
The mediator, a former judge, had wanted to shield these members’ names from public view, some of which had been accused of sex offenses like molestation, citing “guilt by association” against those who hadn’t.
But Judge Emilie H. Elias ruled that the public should know how the archdiocese dealt with priests accused of sexual misconduct. “Don’t you think the public has a right to know … what was going on in their own church?” Elias said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The rather large file contains a number of interesting documents, including psychiatric records and letters from parents concerning issues with their children. All told, there were more than 200 priests involved in a lawsuit that ended up settling for roughly $720 million.
The release of the 30,000-page file, which could possibly implicate other members who currently serve as priests, was part of that settlement.