Pedophile Priest Documents to Be Posted on the Web

By Kristian Foden-Vencil
OPB News
November 28, 2008

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Days after a judge ordered the Archdiocese of Portland to release documents involving the abuse of children by priests, lawyers have created a webpage to display the information. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

The documents were part of the 2007 agreement, in which the archdiocese paid $50 million dollars to settle 170 lawsuits.

The archdiocese put about half the documents on a webpage in the spring. But it refused to release others saying they werenít relevant.

Judge Michael Hogan ruled Wednesday only some of the papers could be held back because of active litigation or jurisdictional issues.

Attorney Kelly Clark, who represented 40 victims, says they'll be putting the new documents into chronological and geographic order.

Kelly Clark: "I would imagine people who would be wanting to be using this would be people who were themselves victimized, faithful men and women who simply want to know what about my parish?"

The church's papers can be found at

The lawyers version, which will expand as documents are sorted, can be found at


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