Concerning the cover-up of sex abuse in the Los Angeles
Archdiocese, a Christian attorney says a little government
"intrusion" is necessary to ensure that justice be served.
Prosecutors who were unable to build a case against leaders of
the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are now reviewing internal church
documents that were recently released. According to the Los Angeles Times, the files show how
church leaders protected pedophile priests and sought to hide
information from other church leaders. The documents reveal that
retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and church hierarchy failed to
discipline those priests, even though the leaders were aware there
were other victims.
Bob Tyler of Advocates for Faith & Freedom says this
case calls for unusual measures.
"In this case, the victims certainly deserve justice. However, a
judge needs to decide whether that includes publicly identifying
those individuals who may have known about the abuse but did
nothing about it," he asserts.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office is currently
reviewing documents as they become available. A superior court
judge has ruled that personnel files must be released, though
a previous decision allowed the archdiocese to redact the names of
the church hierarchy (see earlier story).
"We always have to be extremely carefully whenever intruding
into the autonomy of a religious organization, particularly where
the government is intruding, because we don't want the government
to overstep their bounds," Tyler explains. "But this a unique case
that requires some of that intrusion."
The LA Times and Associated Press intervened
in the case and requested the release of the files.