Roman Catholic

More Files to Be Released in LA Priest Abuse Scandal

Church must hand over records regarding priests accused of molesting children by September

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Roman Catholic religious orders have until September to release the sealed personnel files of their priests who were accused of molesting children while working in the Los Angeles archdiocese, a judge said Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias said all the religious orders involved must comply by a September hearing date, but agreed to let the files become public as they are ready throughout the summer, said Ray Boucher, a lead plaintiff attorney.

The first files could be public within a month, said Boucher, who is working directly with religious orders such as the Vincentians, Claretians and Marinists.