Judge Releases Documents from Fort Worth Catholic Diocese

November 29, 2006

Fort Worth, Texas Files released today show leaders of the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese weren't forthcoming on the extent of sexual abuse allegations against some priests.

The files show how Bishop Joseph P. Delaney, who died last year, and his top assistants dealt with accusers and the priests.

Documents show diocese leaders and other church officials counted the days until the risk of civil liability had passed in dealing with one accuser.

Officials allowed one priest who admitted abusing a child to keep working until his death.

A judge released parts of the files after diocese attorneys tried to keep them closed for about one year.

Details come from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News.

Delaney's successor, Bishop Kevin Vann, says he hopes the records release will mark the beginning of a new era for the diocese and for the larger community.


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