Newly-Released Church Papers Allege That Diocese Moved Priests Around, Despite ‘Credible Complaints’
October 25, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) — In 1993, several adults accused a priest of molesting them as children within the San Diego Diocese. The diocese told the priest he could no longer represent himself as a priest, but that he could live in a retired priest’s facility, with the diocese helping him pay his bills. These and other revelations were recently revealed when a San Diego Superior Court judge unsealed documents related to a nearly $200 million lawsuit that was settled with the Catholic church in 2007, the L.A. Times reports.
The diocese had originally fought to keep the documents away from the public eye after paying $198.1 million in a settlement agreement with 144 victims two years ago, but now that the information is out in the open, the public can see much of what went on behind closed doors.
According to the documents, the San Diego diocese sometimes called victims of sexual abuse liars, and the diocese was known to transfer priests to other areas following allegations—often without contacting the police, the L.A. Times notes. Plus, when priests from elsewhere in the country were fleeing sex abuse allegations, the San Diego Diocese helped find a parish for them.
Additional documents regarding the case may be made public in the future, as the diocese battles their release.