ORANGE DIOCESE (agreement reached 12/2/04; made public 1/3/05)

The diocese of Orange has agreed to make public its personnel files as part of the recent settlement. The diocese must produce the files by 1/31/05, and then a judge will redact and release them.

In our experience, every page of a diocesan personnel file is important. In one Boston file (see below for links to other sample Boston documents), an apparently insignificant travel receipt is evidence that a priest spent time at a particular treatment facility. The Orange documents should not be culled by the diocese or the redacting judge, but should be released in their entirety.

Below are some articles on the Orange settlement. See also our comparative table of settlements, with links to articles on other settlements, and some recommended articles and documents.

O.C. Diocese Settles Abuse Cases, by Jean Guccione, William Lobdell, and Megan Garvey (12/3/04)
Statement on the Settlement, by Bishop Tod D. Brown (12/6/04)
Blessed by the Devil: Orange's Dirty Deal Threatens to Brush Away the Priest Scandal, by Jeffrey Anderson (12/10/04)
Turn That Smile Into a Brown: How the Orange Bishop Put the Deal Together, by Gustavo Arellano (12/10/04) See also Arellano's collected journalism on the Orange diocese and the Catholic crisis
Orange Bishop to Apologize in Huge Abuse Settlement, by Jean Guccione (1/4/05)
Church's $100 Million Abuse Settlement Made Public, by Chris Knap, Ann Pepper, Rachanee Srisavasdi, and Andrew Galvin (1/4/05)
* Behind the Diocese Deal, by Ann Pepper (1/4/05)
* California Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Case for $100 Million, by Nick Madigan (1/5/05)

For an indication of what is probably in the Orange diocesan files, see our feature What's in a Diocesan Archive? See also our more comprehensive selection from the Boston files, and the voluminous investigative files of the New Hampshire attorney general, which contain thousands of pages from the archives of the Manchester diocese.



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