Church abuse files
What the Catholic church wants to redact
After years of delays and legal wrangling, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is set to make public the confidential personnel records of all priests accused of molesting children. Victims said the files would provide accountability for church leaders who let pedophiles remain in the ministry, but the documents have been scrubbed of those identities, which many regard as the most important information.
Below are examples of what will be removed before the documents’ public release if the court upholds the current plan to redact church officials' names.
This 1996 memo to the archdiocese’s vicar for clergy relates to concerns regarding Michael Baker, a former priest who authorities say was one of the church's most prolific child molesters. In this version of the document, only the victim's name is redacted.