The Memorandum examines the characteristic records
of 26 priests and alleges that Cardinal Law, Bishop McCormack, Bishop
Daily, and the RCAB not only failed to take action to curtail abuse, but
also took action that fostered abuse and purposefully concealed their
own misdeeds. The Memorandum offers a detailed look at the procedures
and policies of the Boston archdiocese, and one that grounds its analysis
in the documents and depositions of the
archdiocesan staff, as presented in the so-called Addendum to the
BishopAccountability.org has embarked on a
project to post the entire Boston Archive, starting with this
Memorandum and the documents to which it refers. We offer
two ways for you to download and view the Memorandum, as well as links
to the Addendum's source documents,
as we post them:
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and access the Memorandum in three large parts: Part
2, and Part
- If you have a slower modem, you may access and download section-by-section
the Memorandum and its discussions of 26 representative priests, by
clicking the links in the following table of contents.
- To view the hundreds of Boston documents referred to in the Memorandum,
as presented in its Addendum, click here
to access the archive.
This collection of Boston
documents is unique on the Internet. When the crisis broke, the Boston
Globe and the Boston Herald offered full copies of a few crucial
documents, and the Los Angeles Times has also posted a small selection.
Now BishopAccountability.org offers over 1,500 pages of Boston archdiocesan
documents and related deposition excerpts, organized for easy viewing and
study. This is the largest collection of Boston archdiocesan documents
available on the Internet.
Warning: These files are a shocking record of criminal
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