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January 23, 2013
For years, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles fought to keep secret its confidential files concerning pedophile priests. Hundreds of sex abuse victims hoping for a full accounting of what church leaders knew about the growing scandal and what they did to stop it were rebuffed time and again. But the cover-up is finally coming to an end. On Monday, a series of memos and letters filed in a civil case confirmed that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other church leaders plotted to shield pedophile priests rather than turn them over to police and prosecutors.
July 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope Benedict XVI has raised expectations that he will apologize to victims of clergy sexual abuse while he is in Australia this week. The 81-year-old pontiff told reporters during a flight to Australia for a nine-day visit starting Sunday that he would do everything possible to achieve "healing and reconciliation with the victims."
August 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
Alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse on Sunday challenged the Archdiocese of Boston to improve the $55-million offer it extended to 542 abuse victims last week, calling it inadequate in helping to mend shattered lives. At a news conference outside the archdiocese's chancery grounds, members of several victims' groups said the settlement must not fall short, because it will be a model for other large-scale abuse cases around the nation.
April 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Boston Archdiocese said it had settled lawsuits filed by four people who claimed they were sexually abused by the Rev. Paul R. Shanley, a key figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic church. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. However, an attorney for the plaintiffs said each would get more than the maximum of $300,000 that 550 other alleged victims were set to receive in the $85-million settlement reached in September.
November 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
If attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane do not reach a settlement with dozens of alleged victims of clergy sex abuse, the diocese may be forced to declare bankruptcy, Bishop William Skylstad said. Skylstad issued the warning in a letter sent to parishioners in preparation for settlement talks this week with 28 alleged victims of a former priest who has admitted sexually abusing boys.
July 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Frustrated by a lack of indictments against church leaders in the clergy sex abuse scandal, victims' groups pledged to work with the state's attorney general to toughen child abuse laws and establish an independent board to review abuse allegations against priests. Seven alleged victims and their advocates met with Atty. Gen. Tom Reilly, one day after his office issued a report detailing widespread sexual abuse by priests in the Boston Archdiocese over the last six decades.
July 26, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A prosecutor said Wednesday that he planned to seek testimony from several officials in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on how they handled sexual abuse allegations against a former priest charged this week with molesting a Pacoima boy. The former priest, George Miller, 69, appeared briefly in court Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed so that he could get a lawyer.
January 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge refused to delay the deposition of Cardinal Bernard Law and sharply rebuked church lawyers for their last-minute bid to postpone Law's testimony in the clergy sex-abuse crisis. "The bottom line is that the deposition goes forward as it was scheduled," Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney said. Lawyers for the Boston Archdiocese had gone to court last week, hoping to delay the deposition scheduled for today after a hiatus of several months.
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