Re “Naming names at the church,” Editorial, Dec. 26
Kudos to The Times for advocating the public's right to know the names of Catholic Church officials who enabled the church's pedophiles to avoid exposure and prosecution.
The referee who ruled against public disclosure apparently didn't understand and appreciate how naming names might protect future potential victims.
If church officials knew their coverup endeavors would be made public, they surely would be deterred from shielding pedophiles who otherwise might continue to abuse children.
When released, the files will reflect instances in which the Archdiocese of Los Angeles focused more on the needs of the abuser than the victims themselves. Many of these and other serious mistakes that were made by officials in handling reports of sex abuse by priests were detailed in the Report to the People of God, released in 2004.