L.A. Archdiocese Seeks to Intervene in Dispute

Times [Los Angeles CA]
July 9, 2004

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has asked a federal judge in San Diego for permission to intervene in a dispute about a state law that opened the doors to hundreds of decades-old sexual abuse cases.

Lawyers for the archdiocese argue that they have a special interest because the suits "threaten to ruin the archdiocese economically and to impose unprecedented and punitive stigmatization upon the church."

More than 500 people sued the archdiocese last year alleging they were molested by priests as children.


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