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August 25, 2009

Supreme Court Orders Abuse Records Unsealed

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that documents from lawsuits against six Roman Catholic priests for alleged sexual abuse must be unsealed, according to the Associated Press.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg denied the Connecticut diocese's request to keep the seal until the full court decides whether to review the case. The diocese wrote that it intends to ask the full U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, stating that "granting access to such documents would intrude upon the private affairs of citizens, with the potential to inflict great harm and injustice."

The records have been under seal since the diocese settled the cases in 2001, and an attorney representing The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post requested to see the documents. Here's more from the Hartford Courant.

In its motion asking the high court to keep the stay in place, the diocese says there is a good chance the high court will take up the diocese's case because of two issues: the state Supreme Court's definition of what constitutes a legal document; and the church's contention that its First Amendment rights would be violated by the unsealing of documents that church officials produced with the understanding that they would be sealed forever.

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I am grateful to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for her ruling today "that documents from lawsuits against six Roman Catholic priests for alleged sexual abuse must be unsealed."

Secrecy and the unbridled abuse of power has brought the institutional Roman Catholic Church to this point and only the truth, justice, and the ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY the the U.S. bishops promised in 2002 will begin to turn it around.

This is a step in the right direction.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims' Advocate
New Castle, Delaware
maureenpaulturlish@yahoo.com

Thank you, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for your decision to unseal these church documents.

Hopefully the truth will be exposed, and those who committed and covered-up these crimes of sex abuse will be held accountable, for the sake of the victims who have suffered and for the safety of our children today.

Judy Jones, Ohio Valley SNAP director
snapsteubenville@gmail.com

HOORAY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND ESPECIALLY THE VATICAN CITY STATE, ARE LEARNING THAT OUR FREE, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IS NOT FOR SALE!!!!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker for DAILY verified & vetted reporting on the USCCB (Unremoved Sexual Criminal Cabal Bishops) & Roman "La Cosa Nostra" Pedo Curia Cult, causing this continuning racketeering, obstruction of justice, wholesale child endnagerment over multiple decades, fraud, embezzlement, perjury, felony aid & abetting, felony enabling, etc.

To date, just in the USA, over 140,000 children have been documented to have been sexually assaulted under the USCCB watches in the past 30 years.

To date, this crime spree has cost the laity at least $4.5 Billion Dollars in diverted offetory plate collections & squandered laity paid for assets, with no end in site, & no removal of many hundred of overtly guilty cardinals & bishops who caused it.

THE SOLUTION? "STOP DONATING LAITY" as St. Peter Damien correctly asserted.

Fiat Lux & Veritas!

Albino Luciani,
MURDERED POPE

Don't worry Eddie, the kool aid drinking laity will keep donating monies to fund your luxury retirement and legal bills, they can't touch us, but we can touch their kids.

XOXO,

Aunt Ted McCarrick

Unfortunately I must disabuse Victoria G by pointing out that the US Federal Government in the persons of its elected representatives in Congress and the Senate has been totally "for sale" except in the case of a few isolated exceptions. The violently racist state of Israel and its agents, through the system of campaign financing, lobbying and the control of the mainstream media, has dictated not only who gets to be elected but also the catastrophic warmaking foreign policies of the United States.

So then Jason - how do you account fot the election of President Obama

From certain quarters - he's no friend of Israel...